A Tale of a U-Turn

I live near Hasan Square, and as such a couple of months ago was watching with interest at the overhaul of the U-Turn just near the planetarium on Main University Road. At first they tore it up, and separated it into 2 different U-turns, which was sort of better than the old approach. It wasn’t perfect, but it was better than the old way.

However, there was a fly in the ointment. If you were going from Mumtaz Manzil, entering University Road, and wanted to take a U-turn to go towards NIPA, the placement of the U-turn was such that you had to cut through traffic perpendicularly. Hence, the City Government decided to move the entry point of the U-turn further back, so that you could not take a U-turn from the aforementioned place, and had to go all the way to Hasan Square and take a U-turn from there.

I for one, am willing to go a little extra distance, if it means that the overall traffic situation for everyone will improve. The City Government figured out that most people would think like this. However, Karachiites (and I am talking about the majority), in their usual disregard for the law, actually started going the opposite direction on the main road to take the U-turn! This resulted in a worse traffic mess than usual. I was planning to bang a couple of these suckers with my car, but the City Government has now reverted to the old way, and opened up a U-turn directly oppposite Mumtaz Manzil, just to prevent this mess.

I really can’t get over how uncivilised and inconsiderate of the law most Karachiites are. Notice I didn’t say “we” because I do not want to associate with vermin like this. I opine that all such people who have such an ignorance of ethics, and inconsideration of law deserve to be shot like the dogs they are.

When the City Government tries to do something to improve the city, it is people like this who stop it from succeeding. Is there something we can do about this?

5 Comments so far

  1. Alz (unregistered) on July 5th, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    Why did City government decided to go back to the old way? They should have ask police to patrol in that area to penalize atleast Rs 2000 who drives on the wrong side.

    City government, Police and Pakistan will earn billion in just a day :P


  2. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on July 5th, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

    It’s really messed up. Not only the lane width is shortened but the cars coming from nepa and turning to this side creates a jam, every now and then.


  3. yo yo (unregistered) on July 5th, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

    When I was in College. I used to see a motorcycle accident almost everyday between nipa and Hassan square near the U-TURNS. When they were gone I felt bitter as I had to travel the extra distance. But it really decreased the number of accidents.
    There was a picture in the newpaper of such an accident where a police man was scraping off human flesh from the sidewalk. May God help us..


  4. SWA (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 4:40 am

    You are right about the way some Karachiites deliberately break traffic laws and go in the wrong direction. We should make it a point that we dont ever speak nicely about such people so they will slowly start realizing (by word of mouth) that they are not thought of in nice terms if they do so.


  5. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 10:07 am

    Now they are building a pedestarian bridge across mumtaz manzil, more jams to come for next 6 months



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