Underpass Swimming Pool Party

clifton%20lake%201.bmpBarely a day back Mansoor posted on the condition of the Clifton Underpass he reported a rosy picture with barely a lane under water on his post titled – Through the rain…… the underpass was practically dry but just a couple moments back Inspirex beat me to posting this picture with his post Underpass – Flooded Bummer

Since I can’t take credit for the picture post I would then like to share an SMS invitation for a swimming pool party which is open for everyone.

You are cordially invited on Tuesday the 1st of August to the inauguration of the biggest swimming pool in Karachi at the Clifton Underpass


10 Comments so far

  1. Asad (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 12:32 am

    Thats really funny!! Please make sure that KPT chairman is the first one to take a dive, hopefully never to emerge.

  2. striker (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 2:22 am

    you just killed me man

  3. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 7:07 am

    Did they put some sign or put some people there to keep away kids. I guess some one could drown in that water :(

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 10:16 am


    this one’s too good! Bring on the pool party!

  5. IllusionFS (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 10:32 am

    I am in.. hahahaha.
    Nice one Dr. Sahab.

    By the way, it was reported on tv that the sewerage lines couldnt take the pressure on constant rain & let it go.. lol

  6. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 11:22 am

    Should we bring in snacks or will they be provided at the venue.

  7. KO (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

    You have to give the KPT some leeway – after all they are located on dry land, so they don’t know much about water.

  8. zeeshan (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    I like “uderpass swiming pool party”! Beleive it or not, i was watching news on PTV-prime Europe last night, didn¬¥t even bother to mention rain or loss of lives in Karchi.

    Well, there was something about “Niche darje ka selab in Jehlum”! OH yeh, and much more about what General thinks about next election in 2007!!that¬¥s not a news really, we all know what¬¥s gonna happen in 2007!

    16 lost lives in karachi don´t make news, something to think about

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

    Dr. Awab.. found the ‘perfect’ picture to compliment this post.. posted it on my blog. check it out.


  10. Omar R. Quraishi (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

    We wrote an editorial on this in The News, August 2, 2006

    Venice of the east?

    Some politicians and ‘leaders’ in the past — obviously quite mistakenly — have tried to compare Karachi with Venice. Perhaps they were going a bit overboard, indulging in hyperbole and making grandiose statements, but then that is what politicians anywhere do. However much one would have liked to laugh off such a comparison these days it may well ring true. Of course, this is not being said by way of a compliment, but rather that those living in many parts of the country’s commercial and business capital would actually find a gondola of considerable use — especially if they happen to be travelling through the city’s much-hyped KPT underpass. The 550-metres-long underpass was opened for public use in October 2005 and seems to have died a death by drowning on July 31 when the trench drains at its bottom, which were installed to collect any accumulated water and drain it away, refused to work. Whatever the reasons — they may have been clogged or maybe the rainwater was too much — by the afternoon of July 31, the underpass was covered with water that must have been at least three metres deep. Lest the KPT (or its parent ministry of ports and shipping), which commissioned the underpass, or the Frontier Works Organisation, which built it, accuse us of exaggerating things, photographs published the day after are documentary proof of the fact that the underpass was flooded practically till its higher road-level entrance. The authorities may have deployed fire tenders and other equipment to pump out the water but even this was characterised by bad planning and mismanagement because the water that was being pumped out was being diverted to the ground-level side-streets and not to any drain.

    The sorry fact of the matter is that this government — different in this from no other before it — is good at spending taxpayers’ money on grandiose schemes but the projects tend to be more often than not poorly planned, badly designed and/or shoddily constructed. So many times one has read of reports — and this is not specific to Karachi alone — of a brand new stretch of highway breaking into potholes or its surface becoming damaged after a few months or even weeks of use. The KPT underpass, on which a sum of Rs170 million was spent (the organisation spent an even higher Rs225 million on the ‘world’s second-highest water-jet fountain’), suffers from some basic design flaws, as pointed out by an architect recently in a newspaper and had these been taken care of it is possible that the flooding would not have happened. But then, most regrettably, such things are not usually considered when government projects, especially those related to infrastructure, are carried out and constructed.

    As all this went on, Karachi’s nazim has, for the second day running, made a statement that he should not have. He continued to say that things were under control (they were most certainly not) and that the pumps were functioning (where were these pumps?). As for the underpass, it remains to be seen if it will shape up in the coming days. As a measure, again, of the way the government tends to do (or not do) things, when the minister for ports and shipping inaugurated it last October, he had said that some matters like the tiling of the walls were still left. On a side-note, one would like to inform the minister that the tiling is still not done. Will any heads rolls to account for the terrible design of the underpass and for building a drainage system that basically did not work? Or is everything going to be hunky-dory once the water is drained out? Such things will make one laugh the next time the governor of Sindh loudly proclaims that Karachi is the destination of choice for foreign investors. Clearly, the federal government needs to re-examine its policy of awarding all such large contracts to the FWO without any competitive bidding since competition would bring in a variety of construction firms with wider experience and allow the government to choose rather than, as things stand now, be dependent exclusively on the FWO.

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