Published On: Sat, Feb 10th, 2018

Judicial activism on non-provision of basic amenities

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The Judicial Commission investigating non-provision potable water, proper sanitation facilities and healthy environment to the people of the province, has expressed dissatisfaction over non-removal of garbage from different parts of Karachi. The commission also recorded its observation that rubbish heaps were noticed in various areas of the metropolis.

It has issued notices to the KMC, cantonment boards and the DHA asking them to submit reports on garbage disposal.

The commission has been working for many months now visiting various places in the province, making observations and asking the concerned authorities the reasons for the poor state of affairs.

It is indeed awful that the provincial government and the local bodies have failed even in their very basic duties of providing potable water to the people and keeping the various towns reasonably clean and safe, despite the fact that people have been paying their taxes including property and conservancy bills to the concerned authorities.

Where is all the money going and why the concerned authorities have failed to provide even very basic facilities like drinking water and street cleaning? The provincial government as well as the local bodies owes an answer to this question to the people.

Judicial activism is the last resort to shake up the administration and those at the helm to do their duty. Such a massive failure of the government also amounts to the collapse of the democratic dispensation in the country. Had our representative institutions been working as they normally do in democratic countries, then the matters would not have come to this pass.

The matter must be taken seriously by the leaders of the ruling party in the province. They should act fast and activate the concerned departments and the local bodies. Functions like garbage disposal should be totally handed over to the local bodies so that the people can directly approach their elected representatives and hold them responsible for the poor state of the water supply and sanitation services.


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