Call to revamp Lyari sewerage system

Sewage gushing out of chocked gutters has inundated several major streets in Lyari, causing inconvenience to the residents and creating a hindrance in the smooth flow of vehicular traffic. The worst-affected areas of the locality include D. D. Chaudhry Road, Police Quarters, Baghdadi police station on Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Road and its adjacent streets. According to area people, these pools of filthy water on these streets are turning into fertile breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insects increasing the possibility of an outbreak of diseases. Apart from this, the roads of the locality are also being extensively damaged adding to the problems of the already perturbed Lyariites. In a signed letter addressed to the Lyari Town nazim, copies of which had also been sent to the Sindh governor, chief minister, chief secretary and the city nazim, over 40 residents of the affected areas had deplored that the overflowing sewage from chocked lines of the locality had become a recurring menace and their repeated complaints lodged with the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) officials concerned in this regard had, so far, remained unheeded. They said that since the sewerage system had been laid some 50 years ago, the infrastructure of that period could not cope with the present-day requirements of the locality, which had witnessed a cent per cent increase in its population. They urged the relevant authorities to revamp the entire sewerage system of the locality on modern lines.The area people said that the main cause of this recurring menace of overflowing sewage was old undersized lines. They, however, deplored that the issue had been brought to the notice of the relevant authorities of the KWSB but to no avail. The KWSB people had developed a habit of expressing their inability to replace the undersized lines citing severe financial constraints, they said. Khudadad Colony Residents of Khudadad Colony, situated off Shahrah-i-Quaideen, complained that filthy water overflowing from some chocked sewers had become a recurring issue in their locality. They deplored that sewage gushing out of some chocked sewers often remained accumulated on a number of streets for days together but engineers of the KWSB neither took prompt measures to rectify the fault responsible for the chocked lines nor drained the filthy water from the roads.