The planned development of the real estate, and an
active construction industry are the strong economic indicators of
growth. Although the two sectors have started showing gradual
improvement in Karachi, yet effective and concerted efforts are needed
to overcome the resource constraints responsible for hampering pace of
This was stated by Brig. (Retd) A.S. Nasir, Chief
Controller, Karachi Building Control Authority (KBCA) in an exclusive
interview with PAGE.
Elaborating his point of view, the KBCA Chief
observed that besides the lack of close co-ordination among different
organisations and agencies responsible for development of the town,
Karachi is confronted with at least 50 per cent shortfall in water
supply and a deficit of about 25 per cent supply of electricity. As far
as the role of the builders in the development of the city was concerned
most of them have played a positive role because they are the
stakeholders and have to protect their business interest.
KBCA on its part making all out efforts to deliver
the goods on all fronts to the satisfaction of the public, development
agencies, builders and its own staff. A move has also been made by KBCA
for regularisation of schools, clinics and other commercial ventures on
small plots by offering them 60-75 per cent reduction in fees. This
would help generating funds for the KBCA at a massive scale.
Brig. Nasir having a blend of unique qualities is
discharging his responsibilities with a passion to achieve the desired
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion,
history, romance and art would be useless.
Before meeting Brig. Nasir, I had an image about him
as a retired army official that strictly moves on set pattern rules.
However, I found him totally a different man having a
smile on his face which encouraging the person to express his point of
view easily. I was really surprise to know that he comes to his office
right at 7 O'clock, perhaps the only office which starts working even
before the people take their breakfast. During the course of interview I
found him a softhearted man for the cause that lacks assistance and
simultaneously strong against the wrong that needs resistance.
Besides discharging his official duties at KBCA, he
also devotes his time and energy as the provincial chief of the poverty
alleviation program launched by the federal government. He has a dream
to combat the ills of poverty but in a different way. His impressive
outlook is a part of his virtue.
He feels that the poverty-ridden people in the remote
parts of the country really deserve the benefits of the poverty
reduction program. To make his dream a reality, Brig. Nasir chose an
abandoned area now called Baloch Khushal Goth in Thatta District where
life was difficult in the absence of water. Under the program a windmill
was installed which proved a pleasant surprise for the habitants when
that huge windmill started pumping out water from 125 feet deep well.
Baloch Khushal Goth is a success story and gives a sense of achievement
to the people working behind this project led by Brig. Nasir.
This project includes resurfacing of one-mile road
from National Highway to the village by district government. Generation
of water by a newly installed windmill, solar energy for
electrification, plantation of 1500 trees by conservator of forests,
irrigation of 50 acres of barren land, development of a hospital by
Baqai Medical University, a 5-room school for local children and an
industrial home for the girls.
Brig. Nasir says that the massive responsibility is
to be carried out through institutions of higher learning into its
manifestation in practical field.
In this respect, each of the institutions should
invest its professional expertise into far flung villages, for spread of
quality education, superior health care, cultivation of barren land
through generation of water and energy, helping to develop
self-employment through cottage industry or whatever you can, best do to
pull out the poor out of deprivation, ignorance and poverty.
There are thousands of spots where the people have to
go miles and miles in search of water. Model villages on such spots can
be developed on the pattern of Baloch Goth by installing windmills for
getting out the water beneath the earth because the first and prime need
for progress of human society is the drinking water. That source of
water can be used for cultivation, the foundation of any civilisation.
The task of poverty alleviation is challenging and
its success likely to be determined by the extent to which it reaches
out to the stakeholders. It was the realisation that this task required
a synergetic effort involving the government, civil society
organisations, the corporate sector and the international donor
Amid our highest civilisation men faint and die with
want is not due to the niggardliness of nature, but to the injustice of