Various places in Karachi are being decorated differently, with some being really weird as Inspirex noted earlier. This new(?) arch marks the end (or begining, depends on how you look at it) of the Kalapul bridge here.


At first, i thought it may have been part of some religious (or other) festival which the residents of the area celebrate with much fervour, however.. that was not to be as after almost months, this arch still stands tall proclaiming… something.

On another note, although i’ve referred this particular Kalapul bridge, i dont think that would be the correct name, as Kalapul itself means Black Bridge (i think?). Initially added to denote a bridge, the word ‘pul’ has now become part of the name itself. Should then ‘bridge’ be added to Kalapul when using it in english? and if so, when reffering to it in urdu, would you now say kalapul pul?

12 Comments so far

  1. Anathema (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 7:38 pm

    the name was changed to “Chand Bibi Pul” some years ago.

  2. Jamash (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 7:44 pm

    Eeew ! .. What a waste of our money.. What are these arches suppose to do ? They defiantly don’t look good and I cant think of any purpose they might serve in the near future. :(.. We need Allah’s Blessings, lots and lots of em !.

  3. Jamash (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 7:45 pm

    @ Chand Biba Pull : Why did they renamed it and who is Chand bibi ?

  4. YO YO (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 11:14 pm

    This will look good at night with some twinkling yellow lights.

  5. Manish (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

    @ JAMASH: Chand Bibi governed d state of Ahmednagar, a Muslim kingdom par of Deccan, in the late 1500s, on behalf of her nephew…..Her most notable feat was defeating Prince Murad…..Emperor Akbar’s son.

  6. SWA (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 1:26 am

    Looks ugly and unnecessary.

    On another note, we havent seen any updates on Creek City. Can anybody from metblogs or with a account please go and take some photographs? While you are at it, dont forget Dolmen City.

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 1:38 am

    anathema: thanks for the update. I didnt know it was renamed.. why dont we have any signs or boards for that! :(

    jamash: its decoration man! supposed to just ‘look pretty’ lol!

    manish: thanks for the info.

    yo yo: hmm… you thinking something like the lights they have in dubai or somethign??? those would look good though.

    swa: if im ever in the area.. be sure you’ll get ur updates.

  8. Concerned (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 4:07 am

    First off those arches are probably for discouraging heavy loaded trucks from traveling on Kalapul as it is a very old bridge and might not be able to stand such heavy vehicles.

    Also Mansoor seriously dont you have anything better to do then to go on abt that whole thing on pul being part of the name. It wasnt funny just saddening to see the amount of time ppl have on their hands to waste.

  9. danny (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 7:56 am

    I’ve never heard anyone refer to it as Kalapul Bridge in English — It’s always referred to as just Kalapul in English.

  10. mansoor (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 11:15 am

    concerned: the arches are a bit too high for that…secondly they’re only on one side of the bridge, so that doesnt make sense. kalapul may be old, but its still strong enough to support a lot of traffic jee.. just visit it sometime during rush hours.

    danny: okay… so part of the mystry is solved.. thanks!

  11. Tariq (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 10:02 am

    I too noticed these arches and think that they are going to add some ads or message to these arches, since in this form they are definitely incomplete. So we’ll probably see ‘welcome to defence’ and ‘now leaving defence’ messages added on pretty soon.

  12. mansoor (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

    tariq: cant rule that out.. lets wait n see then :)

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