Clifton residents protest against administration in Karachi
Citizens gathered outside the Cantonment Board Clifton office in Karachi on Monday to protest the devastation caused by the recent days and the absence of basic amenities like electricity and gas in the area even after the passage of five days, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Angered by the administration’s failure to build the necessary infrastructure that could deal with the rains, the protesters presented 22-point demands as they say the administration is receiving taxes but has been unable even to provide adequate sewerage and drainage system.
Although the Cantonment Board Clifton mainly covers localities housing affluent families, there are some other poor/lower middle class neighbourhoods – like Delhi Colony – too which falls under its jurisdiction.
As the protesters refused to hold talks with the DIG South, some of the main demands pursued by the residents include repayment of the taxes collected from the residents in form of development charges for “storm water drains” project worth billions of rupees.
Calling for comprehensive accountability, they are also demanding immediate installation of the sewage treatment plant and drainage system as well as stopping the process of reclaiming land from the sea which would naturally multiply the existing problems.
The protest came as water is still standing in many parts of the Cantonment Board Clifton after the people families living in the posh localities suffered huge losses after water submerged the ground floors of bungalows of villas worth millions of rupees as a result of record-breaking rain last week.
Ground Floor of every House from 5th Commercial Street to 10th Commercial Street Phase 4 #DHA #Karachi is under 3/4 Feet water and streets are also under water. Clifton Cantonment Board , DHA are no where . No Electricity hence no water since 1200 clock yesterday. #KarachiRain— Aamir Mughal (@mughalbha) August 28, 2020