Moving Mountains

The latest news that has Karachiites talking is the proposed move of the US Consulate from its present location on Club Road to an amenity plot in Clifton near Karachi Grammar School, and in the vicinity of a number of other universities, schools, and more low-profile consulates and embassies. The idea has everyone up in arms and rightfully so – first up, they’re taking away an amenity plot that should be used to build something constructive Karachiites can actually benefit from. Secondly, shifting the Consulate to a high traffic area makes no sense – it endangers not only the hundreds of students who use both public and private transport to get to their institutes, but the Consulate itself since it would be virtually impossible for the area to be secured. Ideas like these often make me wonder whether the City Government went through a nuclear holocaust and the city is being run by a bunch of untrained monkeys. The ideal solution would be for the Consulate to shift to a location on the outskirts of the city, where, among other things, complete security would be available. Will the Government listen? Will Clifton residents go on a hunger strike? Will sanity finally prevail? Only time will tell.

2 Comments so far

  1. aalahazrat (unregistered) on February 18th, 2005 @ 11:09 am

    First off, the road that is currently blocked due to the embassy carries much more traffic than the road in front of the new KGS.

    Secondly, it cannot be moved to the outskirts since then the security of the embassy staff going and coming to the embassy cannot be ensured.

    Thirdly, they should move it to a place away from main roads. What are they thinking ???

  2. xtasy (unregistered) on February 20th, 2005 @ 10:40 pm

    Latest i heard from a teacher at KGS was that the plan has been dropped.

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