QUETTA -- The provincial capital of Balochistan is giving a shabby look due to stench emitting garbage heaps and overflowing sewers at its almost every street and market of the city.
The filthy markets and streets of various areas of Pashtunabad, Sirki Road, Satellite Town, Sabzal Road, Nawan Killi and other areas had turned into a garbage dumping site due to poor sanitary conditions.
Markets like Abdul Sattar Road, Toghi Road, Double Road and Masjid Road have gradually lost their splendor where once residents of lower middle class thronged for food and shopping.
A number of shopkeepers also complained of declining business while criticizing the slackness of Quetta Metropolitan Corporation (QMC).
Shahid Kakar, a resident of the area said the stinking smell of dump and flowing gutters at every few steps have made the life of the residents difficult while expressing his dismay over the prevailing hygienic and sanitary condition.
Pointing out the irregular visits of sanitary workers, he said they dumped waste within the market vicinity and burnt when it turned into small mound.
The move disturbed the customer influx due to pungent smell of the smoke, he added.
Baz Gul, a shopkeeper narrating the same story said he had lodged several complaints at different forums but to no avail.
He urged the city managers to clean the markets once a day and placing at least one big dumpster outside every market to ensure neat and clean markets and Bazaars and launch sensitization campaign for visitors.
After installation of bins, Baz Gul said the city administration must declare the markets and bazaars as no-littering zones and take strict actions against violators.
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