SHEHRI protest at kpt underpass today

got this invitation in the mail

SHEHRI, HELPLINE, and ordinary citizens join together to protest the gross misuse and wastage of funds by KPT, in building a Rs.225 million irrelevant Water Fountain and Rs.180 million poorly designed Clifton Underpass (now turned into a lake.)

Venue: Entrance of Clifton Underpass (coming from Teen Talwar)

Date and Time: Thursday Aug.3, 2006, 1600 Hrs.(sharp)

might result in a slight traffic jam or something around that time – assuming that the water hasn’t already clogged everything up.

10 Comments so far

  1. Nadir (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

    Lets sit and wait. I would prefer to sit at the office and enjoy the sight from here. ;-)

    But I wish the are finished by 5-5:30. I don’t wanna stuck up in some ‘extra’ traffic. :|

  2. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 1:35 pm

    walking distance from my place of work, nice attempt shehri, do protest against kesc and the cdgk as well

    how about stopping electricity and sewerage bill payments for few months?

  3. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 3:28 pm

    doesnt matter
    its KPT money anyways, so wat difference does it make what they do with it
    they built a fountain that doesnt work
    an underpass without drainage
    this only happens in Pakistan the GREAT

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

    zaman: actually… that happens in a lot of places. However, your right on one point… it *is* their money.. let them do as they wish.

  5. hasan (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 5:38 pm

    aye kpt is a public institution
    It uses states money
    Yes the same money we taxpayers care to give.
    And we love the gift they give us,using our very own money!!!

  6. kidal (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    When will we learn. Protests and demonstrations bring no real or lasting change. These are just acts of self delusion that make us feel like we’re doing SOMETHING.

    “Street power” means nothing, unless it is the whole population, or a significant majority of the population that takes to the streets. In which case taking to the streets becomes irrelevant and unnecessary.

    How many millions demonstrated against the 2003 invasion of Iraq? How many now are protesting against Israel’s murders in Lebanon? It doesn’t work! I was dismayed yet again the other day when I read an interview of Imran Khan. His solution for reforms? Street power! So what is he bringing to the table? Nothing new. Same old recycled stuff from Benazir to JI.

    Sorry. I have digressed. I just had to get it off my chest. My point is protests are pointless. There are other ways to register your displeasure. Better still, do something about it.

  7. kidal (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

    Imagine if Edhi had made a career of protesting and demonstrating just like everyone else.

  8. SWA (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 10:44 pm

    I think protests are good if they are carried out in a peaceful and organized way. They are a way to let the public or a group’s opinion be heard, and is essential to keep a democracy on its track.

  9. suhail (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 6:39 am

    hey…that karachi fountain…. is not useless..
    from my personal experiance. it really gave me something to show to my foreign friends about our city. they were really impressed.
    I was totally amazed when i saw a foreign colleague of mine (in london), searching for the pics of karachi fountain on google images… his south african wife was pushing him to go to see it. who told her about the fountain??, i guess web searches for tourist destinations.
    folks, yes it costs money…just like a nice suit. but having a good image abroad to attract FDI, and tourists its not a very high cost to pay.
    about the underpass, i think protesting is fine, as long as its intended to make the builders think of their design, and not to imply that an other political party would make it better using an aladin lamp.
    clearly while these designs were made, they did not expect rains in karachi.
    Its a far bigger problem actually, the whole city of karachi is not developed to have heavy rains.
    its different from the rainy cities like for example rawalpindi and islamabad. there rain water quickly vanishes after the rain, due to the
    topography (did i use the correct word? ;)suggest a better one!). I think the protest would be a waste of time though, as i am sure the authorities have had a hard lesson whats the use of telling them something they already know.

  10. Mariam (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 11:10 am

    BTW where did the KPT got the money? Isn’t this money belong to the people of Karachi?

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