I would like to draw the authorities’ attention towards the extremely dangerous condition of a bridge constructed near Gulistan-e-Jauhar’s Millennium Mall and Askari 4. The bridge is in a crumbling condition since it is cracked from several areas and is really unsafe for those passing through this route, which is why it needs to be repaired using proper machinery and labour. Those who regularly use this route are risking their lives, as they are vulnerable to an unexpected calamity that might take place sooner or later, if the bridge isn’t fixed on time. This is one issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible because protecting the lives of citizens should be the local and provincial government’s priority.
Recently, my social media was abuzz with news of a family drowning in the Neelum Valley. Three of the family’s members (a son and two daughters) drowned in the stream, while the two parents were rescued. The family was picnicking at the picturesque tourist spot, oblivious of the dangerous water channels running through the valley. The family stepped inside the flowing stream to take selfies, when the youngest daughter slipped and was swept away in a jiffy. The entire family jumped one after the other in an attempt to save their loved ones but to no avail. If it wasn’t for the selfie, this unfortunate incident would not have taken place. Every other day, there is news about people losing their lives due to dangerous selfies. Despite the placement of warnings at certain tourist spots, people do not pay heed and risk their lives. Selfie addiction has taken over the younger generation and is becoming deadly with time. This is not something we can blame the authorities for; instead we need to be responsible as individuals while following rules and regulations made in this regard.
Unfortunately, Pakistan has not been successful with respect to constructing enough water reservoirs, let alone maintaining and protecting them. It seems like our administration has no intention of saving the backbone of our economy – our agriculture – and has not built enough mega dams for the past 41 years. Sadly, the country incurs immense loss in a year, all because of the lack of dams that pose a serious threat to our agriculture since the country isn’t generating enough revenue from the reservoirs we currently possess. Being a country dependent on agriculture, we need to build more and more dams in order to flourish the one industry that we can proudly present on the international front. Those in power must opt for viable projects after every few years, so that we can save enough water and minimise drainage into the sea. Therefore, it is essential to construct
more dams, while ensuring their protection and maintenance simultaneously.