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Open manholes...By Saim

19 December, 2013

There is no end to the miseries being faced by the ordinary people of this country. When even walking along the roadside has potential hazards, you know you are not safe. Just the other day, whilst enjoying a leisurely stroll in my neighbourhood of Shadman in Lahore, I glimpsed a man walking a few metres ahead of me fall into an open manhole. The poor man suffered from a broken ankle, terrible pain and the misfortune of having to pay through his nose to get himself fixed up at a good hospital. Handsome amounts are paid to contractors to fix the roads but corruption and laziness results in half-hearted jobs. Mostly, gutters and manholes are left uncovered.

I implore the authorities to do something about this everyday misery before more people get hurt.


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