Karachi, DHA, Rain, Clifton, protest, rainwater

The rich take to the streets in Karachi’s DHA after rainwater damage their homes

DHA residents gathered at the Cantonment Board office in Karachi to protest against damages caused to their properties owing to lack of drainage system.

The citizens protested against the lack of services, master planning, storm water drains that function and the authority’s response during the monsoon flooding crisis that destroyed property.

The CEO arrived at the CBC office at around 2:10pm but left without speaking. Three protesters have been asked to come inside the office to speak to the CEO.

Karachi, DHA, Rain, Clifton, protest, rainwater

They said that they were angry that the authority had not created or maintained a proper civic infrastructure for residents, despite collecting taxes. They want an audit of current and past accounts of the CBC and transparent disclosure to residents. They also pressed for accountability on the money spent on “a totally non-functioning drainage system made in the middle of the roads”.

DHA’s storm water drains were designed in 2004-05 and constructed at a cost of Rs3 billion, by digging up a strip of the road and covering it with concrete slabs with slits.

This solution was more like an afterthought for one of Karachi’s largest, most expensive real estate tracts. The concrete crumbles and create an uneven surface for vehicles. These drains are supposed to channel rain water to the sea, but their network is not extensive enough to handle a monsoon.

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