Thursday, April 29, 2010

I Own Karachi – My city, my responsibility!

The beauty of the metropolitan city Karachi has increased alot in past few years and for which the credit goes to the City Government’s unique ownership program ‘I Own Karachi’. Launched on 14th August 2008, the program aimed to bring positive change in the mindset of the people of Karachi. The  city Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal openly invited all the residents of Karachi to come and register themselves with the City Government, he gave them the opportunity to become the ‘City Owners’.
What the program actually does is that the registered city owners are provided with some training so that they can perform the basic duties whenever needed. The most important feature is that the common man is given attention and steps are being taken in order to deal with his problems. The Karachi City Government and the City Owners have launched a CNG bus service in the city of Karachi, they have also built several bus stops with very beautiful shelters. The problems of sewerage and water shortage have also been given attention and the City Government and the City Owners have managed to bring SOME improvement in the sewerage system of the city, though its still not enough and ALOT needs to be done but its still SOMETHING.
Extreme love and sincerity was observed from the residents of Karachi. They supported the I own Karachi program and almost everyone participated in the program with zeal and zest, be it women, labourers, businessmen, students, sportsmen, government officers, elected representatives, office bearers of Arts Council, rickshaw/taxi drivers and even the Imams.
This unique concept of city ownership has been in the positive direction and it has somewhat changed the picture of the city. The work done by the joint efforts of City Mayor and the people of Karachi is remarkable and is appreciated around the world.
More than 80 overhead bridges, underpasses and fly-overs were constructed just in the time span of just 2 years, which is actually a great achievement. The condition of the existing parks and recreational places has been improved while the city government has also made some new parks and places which add to the city’s beauty. Karachi is the biggest city of the country and it was once known as the city of lights, the City Owners are trying hard to help Karachi regain the status of the city of lights!
The official I own Karachi website can be accessed here. You can also join their facebook group.
What we normally do is that we only criticize the government but with this program instead of criticizing Government, the people can actually step forward and bring positive change in the city. We can only progress and touch the peak of glory when we consider the public property as our own.Pakiology.com prays that may Pakistan and the city of Karachi flourish more and more with every passing day. Pakistan Zindabad!!

P.s I wrote it for "Pakiology" .Original post can be read here

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

"I own KaraChi" was indeed one of da biggEst and prOgressive movement, i wOuld rathEr say, a gReat initiative by da gOvt; cOurtEsy of MayOr Syed Mustafa Kamal, dt tOtally cHanged da facEt of Quaid's City!
Reebz U've described dt rEally well :), nd Thnx fOr remindiNg Us what has tUrned Karachi to 'The City of Lights'..
◘ Rain ◘

Patriotic Hamza said...

A great insight of the wonderful program started by our ever so admired mayor,Mustafa Kamal.
I always meant to be apart of it and hopefully I'll be next week.
Nice work ReeBz.

urooj malik said...

A very good post Reebz, keep it up.........

Hasaan Rafique said...

Very nice post!

Wow, that's remarkable work! Really admirable and appreciable.
Wishing for such progress all over the country by some I Own Pakistan programme or sth :)

Akhtar Wasim Dar said...

This is awesome, this can qualify as the official website for KARACHI CITY. The write up is very crisp and swift, the photographs are beautifully captured and placed, the blog looks aesthetically simply ravishing. Caring for the city and taking ownership is the responsibility of each citizen, just like we care about our homes and even our minor belongings.

ReeBz said...

Rain,Hamza Urooj,Hasaan thanks for the comments :)

Sir
ThanK you. i must say your selection of words for the comments are really appreciating and energizing.Comments keep you informed that what changes you may make in order to gain more readership or if any change in the writing is required.Thanks for being a positive hope for the "young writers" of today!

tanzeel said...

Neat, You really put up Karachi scene very nicely.

Connie L. Nash said...

I love that you are willing, passionate and a developing expert on supporting your city, the cultural events and your nation...

Are you going to post your latest article accepted by Pakiology here? I wish to find it and will look harder tomorrow...

ReeBz said...

Dear Connie, thanks for the comments :)

Its my latest article for pakiology and now I'm cross sharing the same articles at "Pakistan Desk"

Connie L. Nash said...

Oh, this is wonderful! Are the photos the same? Well, I should check at Pakstan Dest...

ReeBz said...

Yes everything is same there.but due to some unknown reasons, Pakistan Desk's domain name has been expired. I talked to their admin, according to her it had to be normal once again yesterday,but still its giving the same error.
I hope Pakistan Desk's owners fix the problem soon!

Connie L. Nash said...

I am again revisiting this amazingly beautiful and fully alive blogpost and like Dar Sahib says, it's already looks like an official "website for Karachi"...If you are this professional now...what on earth will you become in years ahead? :}

This was probably in passing and unrelated but somewhere I saw a photo of a lovely display of arts and crafts from Balochistan shown in Karachi on FB recently...do you know where I might still find this? (don't go to lots of trouble.)

Meantime, this gorgeous post you created must be revisited again and again!

Did you take any of the photos?

ReeBz said...

Connie
Thanks for re visiting and re-reading the post.I'm glad that you liked.
None of photo is taken by me,all were googled.

http://pakiology.com/2010/05/02/a-pictorial-overview-of-balochistan-lok-mela/comment-page-1/#comment-3232

above is the link, for art and Craft exhibition from Baluchistan :)

Yasmeen said...

Love Karachi love Pakistan....

Check out our team's effort on http://www.tirmizivlog.com/

Pakistan Paaindabad ....

smarty said...

Beautiful no doubt khi is the heart of Pakistan!

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