August 30, 2019
I’m visiting “The Big Apple” … and it’s clean!
Jamshed Nusserwanji Mehta was the 1st Mayor of Karachi in 1933. “…Karachi became the cleanest city in the East. Its broad streets, lights, sanitation and water system, … [ ] … spoke of the city’s progress” (https://www.dawn.com/news/649943/in-memoriam-jamshed-nusserwanji-the-builder-of-modern-karachi). My grandfather told us how the Mayor ensured the streets were washed twice a day, which he personally supervised periodically.
Look at where we are now … ☹☹☹. We can have all the latest, mechanized tools but there’s no “system” or “will”, so we might as well [continue] to live in the dark ages.
There is no reason Karachi cannot reclaim this glory. I AM KARACHI (http://iamkarachi.org/), the social NGO, has proven that keeping city walls clean & painted with street art, ensures no vandalism or defacement of property. In the same vein, once the city is cleaned & maintained by the Municipality, there is absolutely no reason why we will not maintain the same. I am not justifying wrong actions but it’s only when our citizens see a clean city will we continue the practice … and there’s no rocket science involved.
Throw out all mechanical tools and go back to Jamshed Mehta’s simplicity – put idle bodies on the roads, give them a broom and bucket each and get them to deep clean the roads, the garbage bins, the nooks & crannies every night from midnight to 6am. Put a garbage bin on EVERY alternate light pole; on every street corner; at every traffic signal – enabling people a means to throw their daily trash! Through the day have roving street cleaners who will simply pick up large debris like cans, plastics, etc. You will create EMPLOYMENT.
You will give an honest day’s wage to the unemployed and a meaning to their lives. Infant mortality will increase. You will eradicate mosquitos, disease and other scourge of pollution. These are not simply PR words – this can happen!
In return, we will get a clean city and healthy citizens.