KARACHI: KMC Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui said no study could prove productive without having the understanding of the basic problems and their solution.
World Bank group study on the earthquake and floods protection should also pinpoint the actual problems in Karachi and suggestions for their solution. Old Karachi buildings and multi-storey structures in city slums could prove to be dangerous whereas majority of city drains were incapable of draining out heavy floodwater due to the existence of encroachments at their edges which have almost chocked the passage.
He expressed these views while talking to a four-member World Bank delegation which headed by Haris Khan called on Administrator Karachi in his office. The delegation informed him that the World Bank was conducting a study in Karachi on the lines of its study for the big cities of the world to devise the strategy for dealing with the conditions like flooding or earthquake. All the details and matters regarding city infrastructure including the buildings, water drainage system, slums and katchi abadies, flyovers, bridges, utility supply lines, water and sewerage system would be reviewed and studied in detail in this study.
Farooqui said it was necessary to study the city’s basic infrastructure and its capability to survive and work in case of natural disasters. He said the buildings in such areas of city which had been planned properly were largely considered safe; however we need to review and inspect the concrete structures in other areas of city especially in katchi abadies. He said KMC would fully cooperate with the World Bank in its study which we would like to prove beneficial for the citizens of Karachi.