The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has been given three months to clean Karachi’s drains. The orders came from the Supreme Court of Pakistan during the hearing of a suo motu notice regarding the billboard that fell on citizens during the last spell of monsoon rain.
During the hearing at the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry, Chief Justice Gulzar Gulzar Ahmed instructed authorities to remove all encroachments near the drains.
CJP remarked that the Sindh government has failed completely.
Gutters have overflowed in Karachi because of the negligence of the authorities. There are mosquitoes and flies everywhere. There is complete anarchy here.
Justice Gulzar asked as to who will improve the situation of the country’s economic hub. Should the federal government be asked to and fix things, he questioned.
To which the attorney-general said that the Center did not want to intervene in the matters concerning Karachi. Thus, the Federation is considering different options.
Karachi’s streets and roads are flooded every time it rains in the city. To solve the issue, Prime Minister Imran Khan asked the Pakistan Army to clear drains in the city.
The Apex court was told that Karachi has 38 drains of different sizes and they usually remain filled with garbage. When it rains, the drains overflow. As a result, the gutter water mixes with rainwater and floods the roads and submerges streets and houses.
Hearing this, CJP Gulzar directed NDMA to clean all drains in three months and asked authorities to remove the encroachment in the surroundings.