KARACHI - Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar said on Sunday that 80 percent infrastructure of the metropolis had been destroyed due to persisting sewage issues.

Talking to media during his visit to FB Area and FC Area, the mayor said that sewage was a major issue of the city. “If it is solved then 80 percent issues of the city will be resolved,” he said, and added that roads of the city had been destroyed due to accumulation of sewage while people were also facing different epidemic diseases.

The mayor further said that dozens of people had lost their lives because of getting stuck in traffic jams. “Ambulances and fire brigade vehicles remain stranded in traffic jams,” he said, and added that nobody was ready to own Karachi even when the city was on the verge of destruction.

“I again request the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) to address the sewage-related complaints and provide relief to the citizens,” the mayor added.

Regarding the last fiscal budget, Waseem said it had been prepared by the administrator. “And people of the city are yet to witness any development project completing in the metropolis,” he said, and added, “But the current budget has been prepared by the elected representatives and a handsome amount of money has been allocated for number of development schemes.”

He said that KMC had no power to launch development projects worth above Rs20 million and all mega projects were being executed by the Sindh government through appointments of project directors.

Meanwhile, talking to union council chairmen belonging to different parts of the city, who called on him at his office on Sunday, Waseem said that elected local government representatives were responsible for utilising all available resources for resolving day-to-day problems of people of their areas so that they could be provided relief in their daily lives.

Director Technical SM Shukaib and other officers were also present on the occasion.

From District Central UC 19 Chairman Shoaib Siddiqui and from District Korangi UC 7 chairman Mohammad Aamir , UC 10 chairman Karimuddin, UC11 chairman Syed Jamal Hussain Zaidi and UC12 chairman Chodhri Asad Hussain met with the Mayor Karachi and informed him about the problems of their area.

Sewage problems, road carpeting, patchwork, cleaning of Golden Town nullah, repair of joints of Shah Faisal Bridge and utilisation of extra land around Azeempura Graveyard were discussed at the meeting.

The mayor, on the occasion, issued necessary directives to the concerned officers for resolving these issues in consultation with the concerned union council chairman and other local government representatives of the area.

He said the elected local government representatives knew the problems of their area well and were also in constant touch with the people; therefore their suggestions and recommendations must be given full attention.

Addressing the UCs chairmen, the mayor said that his doors were always open for them and they could meet him on Friday from 10am to 12pm.