The destruction of an age-old bungalow in Jufelhurst School’s vicinity comes as a shock for all those who have been tirelessly working to protect national heritage along with those who admire good architecture that still exists in the old city areas of Karachi. The 86-year-old school has been functioning since 1931 and still exists in the city’s records. However, the impunity and power with which the land mafia operates in the city has led to its demolition. It is certainly a despicable and shameful act that only serves to demonstrate the extent of greed penetrating in our society. Those behind the heritage’s demolition are concerned about making more money. What is the point of various departments that work to protect national heritage, land or property in the city? Where is the provincial and local government? I hope the building stands exactly the way it did, again.
It is not even May but appears as though summers have already kick-started in Pakistan. Climate has caused a rapid surge in temperatures, hence, an increase in power outages. Load-shedding as well as sudden power outages have worsened the situation. It is understood that climate change has taken over the world and the government cannot do enough; even then there is a lot that can be done to minimise public’s misery. Power outages have increased tremendously and while the government is doing whatever possible to bridge the gap between power generation and its demand, it isn’t, sadly, doing enough. Nevertheless, it is not just the government that needs to work on this issue, in fact, the public is equally responsible. People must realise that consuming less electricity will only help them in the future. Power consumption should be reduced as much as possible because it will eventually help save some electricity in the national power grid.
I would like to address the concerned authorities through your esteemed magazine, towards rising levels of pollution caused due to public vehicles in Karachi. The city already suffers from excessive noise pollution caused by the never-ending sounds of horns honking in public buses and the unbearable environmental pollution makes it worse. Buses as well as regular and Qing Qi rickshaws have made it difficult for people to breathe a sigh of relief. Riding on a bike looks like an impossible mission during peak hours as I step outside from home or work, for the buses are major occupants of even the biggest of roads in Karachi, particularly the arterial routes. Something needs to be done about it, since it has already affected the traffic situation of the city and will have a major impact on the health of the citizens in the long run.
A healthcare commission comprising nine members has been formed in Sindh for the purpose of registering and regulating all healthcare facilities. It includes a long list of responsibilities and functions such as licensing of labs and clinics, regulating and monitoring of healthcare services as well as other programmes, and its quality in healthcare organisations. Even though it is a welcome step, however, the lack of female members in the commission is ridiculous. The absence of female members is not just discriminatory or biased; in fact, it represents the inconsiderate side of our society. Women make more than half of our population and thousands of them die each year following malnourishment, childbirth and maternal mortality, and they suffer the most in this predominantly male-dominant society. The provincial government of Sindh is requested to kindly look into this matter and do the needful by including female members in the commission.