Monday, July 27, 2009

Niamatullah wants SHC CJ to take notice of rain losses

Former city nazim Niamatullah Khan advocate has asked the Sindh High Court (SHC) chief justice to take suo motu action against the officials whose negligence caused colossal losses in Karachi during the recent monsoon rains.

Addressing a press conference at Idara-e-Noor-e-Haq on Sunday, he said that the entire city was submerged in rainwater and 61 citizens lost their lives due to insufficient measures taken by negligent officials. The city bore losses amounting to Rs 30 billion and trader lost around Rs 11 billion, he said. On the occasion, former town nazims Abdul Wahab, Farooq Naimatullah, Ahmed Parekh, Nadeemul Islam, Islamullah and trader leaders Mehmood Hamid and Imran Baghpati were also present.

Khan said that the reason behind this massive destruction is the fact that the city government did not clean the drains prior to the rains. He alleged that the funds allocated for a rain emergency were gulped down by corrupted elements. He said that also contributing to the destruction was the lack of planning behind the constructed roads.

He alleged that the roads constructed by the present city government are substandard and were ruined due to rainwater while the roads constructed during his tenure were stronger and survived the rains. All underpasses constructed by the present city nazim were flooded during the rains, Khan said.

The former city nazim went on to say that the present city nazim issued show cause notices to Municipal Works EDO and some other officials but the problem will not be solved by making other officials scapegoats. He asked the city government to compensate each rain-related death with Rs 1 million, Rs 0.2 million to each injured and also asked them to compensate for the colossal losses suffered by traders.

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