Good ol’ Karachi :)

It’s so weird to be back in Karachi after two months of being away. There are so many things that have changed yet so many things that are still the same.

Things that have changed, sigh.. I found out a disappointing thing today. I don’t know if it’s old news to most Karachiites, but definitely very new news to me. Bus fares have gone up! I used to hate the previous 10 rupees fare but atleast it was an even number and you could just hand the conductor one not. But what’s the point of 11 rupees? I hate fumbling around for coins. Here’s my contribution to the pictures..

Good ol’ Karachi public bus :)

Jul 2005(01)

As for things that have not changed at all.. the Gulistan-e-Jauhar road going from Aladin water park to Jauhar Chowrangi. The road was broken ages ago (I think the beginning of the year) so that it could be reconstructed into a bigger, better road to facilitate the heavy traffic on Rashid Minhas. The only result it has had so far is to increase the traffic jam tenfolds.

Speaking of traffic jams, I can’t believe how many new cars there are now. The traffic has become so heavy within the past two months that I’ve been away. When I left for Dubai two months ago, I believe the number plates were running in series of AHK and now the series is AJE (in 400’s as of Saturday). I think it’s high time some restriction is imposed on the leasing of cars otherwise Karachi is just going to turn into one huge parking lot :/

6 Comments so far

  1. hafsa (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 4:37 am

    “otherwise Karachi is just going to turn into one huge parking lot :/” haha. true that.

  2. Anathema (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 11:02 am

    cant blame them for increasing fares, can you? fuel prices constantly on teh rise, what do theese public transport walas earn at the end of the day with their super-high consumption diesel engines? yes. for the poor it is a big hit. a very big hit for those who need to take coaches instead of buses to move spot to spot and change them, about three buses per route. that is horrid. but then. has the govt taken any step to provide subsidies to public transport sector?

    london has counteeres the increasing traffic problem by charging suprt high toll ratesa forenrty of a vehicle into conetral london. now. if the govt can subsidise fuel rates for the public transport sector, and prohibit cars into central peak spots, making public transport the only means of transport, then maybe we can look at a less congested city.

    the AHP series was issued in april, btw. and the AJ series is for the Altis.

  3. KIRAN (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2005 @ 2:30 am

    that’s not true. try noticing a bit more.. AJ is NOT reserved for altis.. i’ve seen a couple of balenos and a mercedes with AJ series.

  4. Anathema (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2005 @ 11:58 am

    my mistake. I saw just Altis till onday. yesteday saw a City with AJ.

    but is it me or has anyone really spotted any of the “AI” series?

  5. Kiran (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2005 @ 8:42 pm

    Nope, there can’t be an AI series because the alphabet I is never used in number plates. I notice number plates a lot and have never seen an ‘I’ being used. However, I did see an AJE 5 hundred and something which shows how fst cars are coming :S

  6. Asif (unregistered) on August 25th, 2005 @ 5:09 pm

    Its Natural if u will go back to where u came from after 5-10 years again u will find many things changed there too

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