Breaking up connections between authorities at the close of UC has caused confusion
Finding differences in instructions issued by the deputy commissioner (DC) regarding the sealing of the union committee (UC), residents on Monday found themselves facing challenges that are impossible to say wrong information and information.
There was a visible disconnect between the Karachi Office Commissioner and the district authorities, because each DC seemed to have made a separate decision.
The lack of coordination has reached such extreme levels that even the public relations officer at the commissioner’s office is unaware of the sealing of various parts of the metropolitan city.
As for areas that have been closed or locked in full with the help of containers and trucks or water tankers, ambulance roads and people related to important services are being blocked.
A coordinating official at the Commissioner Building on Club Road told The News on condition of anonymity that no DC had told their media department about the steps taken by them.
An unsigned order was issued in Monday Monday regarding the locking of a total of six UC Central Districts – UC-15, UC-22, UC-24, UC-25, UC-45 and UC-47.
UC-15 includes Sector-11D / 2 from North Karachi, UC-22 includes Block-F from Hyderi Nazimabad North, UC-24 and UC-25 covers Sector-15A and Sector-15B from the Buffer Zone, UC-45 covers the Hadi Market , Nazimabad No. 3 and Nazimabad No. 4, and UC-47 include Paposh Nagar.
A complete lockdown decision is taken based on standard operating procedures issued by the Sindh Home Affairs Department. But the puzzling part is that when lockouts have been made, why the DC Central District Farhan Ghani – who did not respond to repeated calls by The News – issued a new order.
Additional Central Commissioner Deputy-Kamal Hakeem told The News that letters circulating in various WhatsApp groups regarding the total closure of six UCs in the district were not signed.
“There is only verbal direction to enforce proper locking in certain UC cities where the number of cases is higher,” he said, adding that no UC in Central District had been closed. However, according to Gulberg 15B resident Syed Sheharyar, most roads were blocked by authorities with trucks parked at the entrance and exit, and no one was allowed to leave.
There are also reports of closure of various parts of the Southern District, including the Defense View area and several phases of the Defense Housing Authority.
However, the Southern DC District of Irshad Ali denied all of this information. Speaking with The News, he said they were only trying to make locking more effective in all districts, and not only in certain areas.
When asked if they were considering sealing any area in the Southern District, he said they would not seal all UCs but only certain areas, if necessary.
The partial sealing of the Eastern District continued for two consecutive days. Away from Morr until Kamran Chowrangi is covered with a container. However, one lane in Jauhar Chowrangi was open, and commuters were allowed to leave after proper verification by the assigned officials. All important service providers remain open, and there is quite a rush around 16:00 in the market.
A journalist Bilal Ahmed said that on his way to work around 19:00, he found Jauhar Chowrangi closed with a container, and there was no official lifter or gift to move it, even for an ambulance.
In addition, Chowrangi Prison to Teen Hatti and Yadgar Fish restaurant was also closed, as well as entry points from Jamshed Quarters and Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block-13D area. East DC District, Ahmed Ali did not respond when contacted by The News.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal Assistant Commissioner Ali Gopang told The News that they were correct in sealing areas where the number of cases was higher, such as the Pehlwan Goth in Gulistan-e-Jauhar’s Faisal Cantonment and Disco Bakery in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
Regarding ambulances and important service staff members, including media workers, he said they were allowed to enter or leave the area. “Police and officials are present in tightly closed areas, and containers can be lifted if they prove their identity,” he said, adding that emergency roads were given to ambulances in all closed areas.