(Naqash Munir, Islamabad: 2017)
A SENIOR Capital Development Authority official made an announcement recently that free WiFi, facilitation desks would be established at entry and exit points of Islamabad to facilitate visitors from other cities. This is indeed a laudable step. However, I would request the CDA to pay attention to more mundane issues.
A person who prefers to walk generally needs to take a break at some point of his/her walk and use a trash bin supposedly.
In Islamabad, public rest rooms, benches and trash bins are non-existent in many parts of the city. Many public parks in the capital are located in far-flung areas normally accessed by mechanical transport. However, people who prefer to walk may feel like taking a break and use one or all of the facilities mentioned above. Cities only become beautiful and inhabitable when its citizens are facilitated through the availability of basic needs.
I ask the CDA to facilitate visitors and locals by providing restrooms, trash bins and benches, where people can use WiFi with more comfort.
Published in Dawn, January 28th, 2017