In spite of the efforts of
the Government of Balochistan to accommodate as many
people as possible within the limits of the Quetta
District in general and the city in particular, it
appears that it is meeting with very little success. The
influx of refugees from the neighboring counties that
the migration of people to the city has further
aggravated the problem.
Give below are
the historical population figures for the city of
3.50,000 about 300%
From the above figures it
is clear that urbanization is taking place at an
accelerated pace in the District and the population
increased by more then 300 percent in the decade from
1971 to 1981. The figures for the decade ending 1985
cannot be worked out for obvious reasons. However, it is
expected that it will reach the half million mark soon,
which would mean a big percent increase over the 1981
figure or more then 700 percent over the 1971 figure.
This increase naturally has its effect on the city and
according to reports not more then 40 percent of the
population has access to piped water and a negligible
percentage is served by sewerage.
The corollary of the above
is that in case no immediate steps are taken to remedy
the situation the result would be urban squalor and
chaos. At present, large scale encroachments are taking
place in the city and are warning signs indicating that
the city is heading towards an urban crisis.