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Poor Conditions Of Roads In Sindh

By Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan

During my visit to rural Sindh from Karachi after a long time, I found very dangerous condition of link roads even of main roads from Sehwan to Ratodero and Naudero. The single roads already constructed about 30-40 years ago were left without shoulders at the both sides of all roads. They have been so much in derogatory, dilapidated and dangerous conditions for vehicle plying on single main roads looking like big holes and pits dug at both sides of them and the running of vehicles have met with terrible accidents many times which became the cause of loosing thousands lives from time to time. It seems the road authorities do not care and look after all the roads but wait for loss of lives due to recurring accidents and wait for their earning from contracts of construction of whole roads and they do not feel their duties to maintain the roads when at various places, they get holes and pits on them. When the roads become out of use and running on them become difficult, they prepare estimates of contracts of the whole roads and start digging and scratching them. In this way they start process of constructing new roads and take about half a century to get it completed and make it worth for running of vehicles. As a first phase, a large distance of about 30-40 Kms is dug, and dust is poured in them to make it at high side and put stones and keep it stony for many years with the result of losses of lives and vehicles as their tyres burst out and the vehicles become unable to run on such roads which are under repairs or construction. The best example we found from Dadu, Mehar, Nasirabad, Wagan, Khairpur juso up to the Larkana city. At the other side, we faced such miserable difficulty at the under construction road from Nasirabad to Badah-Moenjo Daro upto the Larkana City. How the people of the above areas live and pass their lives as they face such difficulties daily. Even in the city of Larkana at many places all internal roads and streets were full of water and holes and illegal breakers constructed by local authorities of the city showing the best proof of the neglected and apathetic attitude towards the welfare and health of the people living in the city. If some where work on repairs was started but it was run on the whims of the authorities without any checks and speed. The next experience of roads we saw when we visited Thatta, sujawal to Tando Muhammad Khan Road and later on from Thatta to pir pitho. It is shameful on the part of the local Govt authorities to neglect and ignore such dangerous roads, link as well as main roads throughout the whole Sindh Province. We saw that those roads were constructed during the first regime of PPP Chairman Shaheed Zulfiqar Bhutto but remained unrepairable and reconstructed since about 40 years. Are the authorities concerned treating the people of these areas as animals and belonging to inhuman generations. For God’s sake, the PPP regime should take these tasks and save the people of all the areas in interior Sindh from tragic accidents and loss of precious lives and vehicles as well and financial loss. The latest example of accident is of a very young MPA of Sindh Minister Mr. Jalil Memon of Thatta and his brothers while going from the Thatta to Pir Pitho through a very dangerous single road having no shoulders and borders at both sides constructed 30-40 years ago. It is therefore suggested to the chief secretary and CM Sindh to get all the old roads reconstructed with necessary shoulders or borders at the both sides of all single roads. This will save many lives and financial loss of the people of Sindh and Pakistan.