Wishful thinking

I wish someone would start a service that lets me call and find out which route should I take that has the least traffic going from one point to another anywhere in Karachi. I will be calling them everyday before leaving work. Maybe one of the car tracking services like C-Track can start this service. I am sure with the right price, it can be a hit considering the traffic situation here.

8 Comments so far

  1. hafsa (unregistered) on December 8th, 2005 @ 7:17 pm

    i think apna karachi 107 fm gives updates on traffic situations every now and then. not too sure though.

  2. Sarwar (unregistered) on December 8th, 2005 @ 7:59 pm


    In the Washington DC metro area, there are video camera’s on major intersections. One channel on the TV is dedicated to rush hour traffic and scans the feed from one camera to another. Gives you a good idea of the traffic flow and which route to take. the video cams are also available on the web as a public service.

    The morning and evening news also carry a traffic segments similar to the weather segment. More useful than the news itself.

    Will not help if there is gridlock on every intersection though.


  3. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on December 9th, 2005 @ 12:24 am

    Be realistic for Karachi – honestly how many possible routes can you have from work to home.

    I probably have one decent route straight and the other is a LONG LONG inside lanes route which I have taken only once. I doubt even 107 or any c-track system can realistically make it a viable venture.

  4. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on December 9th, 2005 @ 12:44 am

    I disagree with you Teeth Maestro…

    I am living in Gulshan and my last office was on do talwar. To go there I had a variety of routes:

    1) Hasan Square – Jail chowrangi – Numaish – Saddar – Avari – Marriott – Clifton Bridge – 2 talwar

    2) Stadium – Karsaz – Baloch Colony – Hino roundabout – Sultan Masjid – Punjab chorangi – Schn circle – 2 talwar

    3) Stadium – Karsaz – Shara-e-Faisal – Metropole – Marriott – Clifton Bridge – 2 talwar

    4) Stadium – Aga Khan – New town – Jail chorangi – Shaheed-e-millat – Shara – e faisal – Metropole – Marriott – Clifton bridge – 2 talwaar

    These are just some combinations, there could be lots and lots, depending upon the traffic conditions.

  5. alias (unregistered) on December 9th, 2005 @ 1:34 am

    Zag, Teeth Maestro’s right. You’ll have to be realistic considering the road/traffic situation in Karachi.

    First, let’s deal with the civil side. We don’t really have many choices on routes for short distances, while the long ones would be those when you’re travelling from one side of the city to another, in which case, you probably already know which route to take at what time of the day. (In case you don’t, you haven’t lived in Karachi long enough).

    Second, let’s deal with the technical side. Such a system already exists. A really good friend of mine who had the resources to develop such a system just hadn’t had the chance to release it yet because it’s still very expensive.

    Other than that, consider this. 99% of the time, you would be going to a place you already have been to before, like the office, school to pick up the kids, shopping area, dinner, etc. And since there are only a handful of main arteries in the city, everyone knows what time of the day they’ll be flooded with vehicles. And if it were for the once in a blue moon trip to a place I haven’t been to before, I’d rather spend 5 minutes and ask someone the right route to take than spend tens of thousands of rupees on a computer system.

    Indeed, it’s just wishful thinking.

  6. Zag (unregistered) on December 9th, 2005 @ 1:47 am

    From work to home, i can take four different routes…. yes, i m talking about main roads, not streets… however, right now, all four has some sort of construction going on em, so whenever i leave work, its a toss as to which one to go, cuz u never know which will be jammed and i will loose an hour easily and which will be free….. so now u know why i was thinking that…..

    as for the expense, that’s why i wrote in the post “with the right price” I know its wishful thinking, but someone stuck in traffic for hour moving at inches/hour speed can only indulge in wishful thinking :)

  7. Sarwar (unregistered) on December 9th, 2005 @ 3:03 am

    Here is the URL for the traffic cams in the Washington DC subarbs. FYI.


  8. Kashif (unregistered) on December 9th, 2005 @ 10:09 pm

    I was thinking about it as well. Maybe something to do with WAP.

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