Rubbish mounds besiege the capital city. As shoppers and dealers alike turn a blind eye, the mountains of waste in the federal capital’s business districts continue to rise unabated. Amounts of waste pile up in the capital, causing difficulties for the residents.
While older markets such as Aabpara, Market, Melody, and Karachi Company feature conspicuous piles of garbage, affluent retail complexes such as Blue Area, Jinnah Super, and Super Market have resorted to concealing trash by discarding it at the rear of buildings or inside alleyways with little foot traffic.
However, shop owners assert that the issue is not a lack of civic sensibility but rather a trash shortage in the city’s business centers. Fayyaz Abbasi, a shop in Blue Area, a bustling business district along Jinnah Avenue, expressed his disappointment with the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in an interview. He stated that while the department has placed large dumpsters in markets, most of them are broken and need repair and replacement.
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“If I put trash in a faulty dumpster, it will eventually end up on the road or sidewalk,” Abbasi added. “Isn’t it preferable to dispose of my trash behind my building than to have it wind up on the road or sidewalk and deter customers?” he inquired.
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Shaukat Mehmood, a trader at the encroachment-infested Karachi Company market, remarked, pointing to a dumpster beside his establishment, “a single dumpster is insufficient to service these roughly 300-400 stores.” When it’s full, where should we dump it?” Mehmood enquired why the CDA was unable to empty the single rubbish bin quickly enough if it was unwilling to provide extra ones. “The authorities should understand that such trash can only accommodate approximately 100 shops,” he added.
Apart from larger disposal areas, it is the CDA’s responsibility to construct dustbins for the thousands of daily visitors to our market, according to Raja Ghayyur, a merchant at the Aabpara market, located a short distance from the CDA Secretariat. Ghayyur believed that because Aabapara received a high volume of foot traffic and customers could not easily reach a dumpster, they were compelled to discard their rubbish on the pavements. Amounts of waste pile up in the capital, causing difficulties for the residents.
Asif Mehmood, the CDA’s spokesman, denied charges of a casual attitude, stating that cleaning personnel performed their duties consistently and efficiently. “Our cars empty dumpsters every day, and our employees sweep all sidewalks and roadways in the morning,” Asif explained. However, he stated that the CDA was incapable of instilling civic virtue in Islamabad’s people. “It is our moral obligation to utilize the dumpsters supplied. Even though persons who litter in public are penalized, the conduct persists,” he said. Amounts of waste pile up in the capital, causing difficulties for the city’s residents.
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