There are six district municipal companies in Karachi. Almost all of them claimed that they had disinfected their respective districts.
Following are the steps taken by this DMC to reduce the risk of coronavirus spread.
This is the largest district in Karachi which has a population of around 3.5 million. It has 51 union councils.
DMC Center Chairman Rehan Hashmi told SAMAA Digital that they have covered half of the total union council in terms of disinfection of pedestrian roads, roads and bridges.
Disinfectants contain different antiseptics, including Chemgene, Deltanar, Verocid, Dettol and chlorine.
“We smoke through tankers and bowsers outside mosques, parks, hospitals, pharmacies and residential areas every day,” Hashmi said.
The head of the Central DMC said the district’s population was 3.5 million as of the last census, but nearly jumped to 5 million.
He said the federal and provincial governments did not provide funds and equipment for the Central DMC to address the situation.
Hashmi said sanitation staff and their city work 16 to 18 hours every day. “DMC Central will complete the disinfection of all union councils next week,” he added.
The Western District has 46 union councils. It has a population of around 3 million. Izhar Ahmed Khan from MQM-P is chairman of DMC West.
Khan said the Western DMC had completed a fumigation campaign in all of its union councils.
“We started disinfection starting March 20 and the whole process was completed in 15 days,” he told Samaa Digital.
The Chair of the West DMC said the company had formed a task force that would work in case of an emergency.
“The task force will reach the place if there are cases of suspected coronavirus and disinfect the entire area,” he said.
Khan said the Western DMC also distributed 20 to 25 bags of ration among the poor every day.
Korangi District has a total of 37 union councils. Its population is around 3.2 million. Nayyar Raza MQM-P heads the DMC Korangi.
DMC spokesman Korangi Mohammad Ayaz told SAMAA Digital that there were six union councils in the Model Colony area where the disinfection process had been completed.
He said they would start a campaign in Korangi, which would be followed by fumigation in the Landhi and Shah Faisal regions.
There are 31 union councils in the Eastern District. It has a population of around 3 million. Moid Anver from MQM-P heads East DMC.
Anver said the city company had completed the disinfection process in all trade union councils.
“We have begun the second phase of the campaign from Monday, where fumigation will take place on all roads, markets, mosques and parks,” he said.
The Southern District has 31 trade union councils. Its population is also around 3 million according to the last census. Malik Fayyaz from PPP is chairman of DMC South.
South DMC spokesman Asif Azeem said they had completed smoking in all residential areas, including Lyari, Saddar, Arambagh and Garden.
He said DMC Selatan in the second phase had begun to bloat markets, shops, mosques and parks with the help of tankers and bowsers.
South DMC spokesman said that squash legend Jahangir Khan and Olympic hockey athlete Islahuddin also took part in a coronavirus awareness campaign in the district.
The story of Malir district is completely different from all other districts. This is the smallest district in terms of union councils. It only has 12 union councils with a population of around 2.7 million.
Jan Muhammad Baloch from PPP heads Malir DMC. No such activity has been observed in the district regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
Malir Chair DMC was not available for comment despite several efforts by Samaa Digital.
The DMC Malir spokesman Muhammad Saleem Khan’s telephone was also turned off when it was reached.
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