Karachi: Broken, pot-holed roads in Sindh Industrial and Trading Estate (SITE) Karachi are not only a huge problem for industrialists but a menace for whole area including nearby residential colonies.
The road between main Habib Bank Chowrangi and Banaras Chowrangi depicts poor look. With overflowing gutter water and deep craters many sections of this very busy road remain gridlocked especially during rush hours. This road has been facing this deteriorated state for more than a decade, but the government has failed to get it repaired.
Majority of the inner roads of the SITE area are just dirt tracks. It is pathetic that the road infrastructure of this large industrial estate of Pakistan is kept in shambles. Road accident ratio is too high in the area and overturning of loaded trucks and containers due to deep craters on road is a routine matter. The garbage lifting in the area is also poor which heaps of industrial and sanitary waste lying open outside factories. There seems no notion of environmental control in the area, as open burning of garbage is routine here.
Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly labors, live in the area and its adjoining localities which also lacks even tolerable urban infrastructure, particularly roads. The dirt and filth in these localities spread infections and diseases.
There is a dire need of urgent repair of SITE roads, said Pasban Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor. He said industrialists’ and workers both suffer due to worn-out roads. He said every year dozens of people die in road accidents in SITE area, mainly due to overturning of trucks and containers. He said the SITE authorities are not giving serious focus to this issue. He said all stakeholders including government and SITE authorities should realize the gravity of the situation and start repair of broken roads on emergency basis.