KPT exonerated?

Yesterday, i foolishly took the path home through clifton! I knew it would be flooded! Yet i didnt listen to the voice inside my head and forged ahead! Well, actually, i had to get my repaired PC from my pc repair guy at Sasi Arcade… and therefore had to brave the flood.

Anyway, here’s what i found out! The area from teen talwar to the underpass continues to remain underwater. With water rising as much as three feet (one car was upto its windows in water!) at places. Dont know what the CDGK will start its deflooding, guess they have to wait till the surrounding area is dry. Thats when i reached the entrance to the underpass. From the teen talwar side, they’ve erected this HUGE hump, to prevent water from entering the structure (the other side is open). When i reached it… i found that the hump was almost underwater too with some water overflowing into the underpass. However, as soon as i crossed it.. the underpass was as it should be.. completely passable and even dry at places.

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This image shows the hump, water on one side.. a dry, passable underpass on the other.

So.. here’s my take on the situation which was brewing up, and the blame game being played out. The previous flooding was INDEED the work of CDGK, the underpass was built to specs, which stayed strong. The specs did not call for surrounding area’s to be flooded, which was quite okay. You can plan for disasters.. but can u really plan for stupidity? KPT, in my view, is then the first organization which has proved by actions and not words that they were right in their work~!

However, as for the allegation of Nehr-e-Khayyam being blocked by them.. that is something we have yet to see. KPT, on the other hand, is now underfire for its second mega project, the Hino Chowrangi Flyover, where ‘experts’ are saying that its pillars are causing the storm drain Manzoor Nullah to flood.

5 Comments so far

  1. IllusionFS (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 5:40 pm

    Looks cute. :D


  2. anon_khi (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 7:58 pm

    All I can say is that in my last 10 years of being in the bathisland area, I have never seen anyone mess up as badly as these city clowns. Do they have any idea what they are doing?


  3. Cy (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

    Mansoor: You may be jumping to conclusions. The huge hump not only prevents water from surrounding areas from flowing into the underpass, but even the water that would normally have flowed into it. Plus when I saw the underpass a few days ago there were many pipes and other makeshift arrangements to pump out the water that were not there prior to the rain. It seems to me that the emergency measures worked, and not the normal system.


  4. mansoor (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 9:33 am

    cy: jumping to conclusions.. i think not. tell me… what water would have ‘normally’ flowed into it? It hasnt been around that long :p

    on the otherhand, i dont think you rem what it was like back when this area was schon circle.. flooding was also part of the parcel… even then!

    the emergency measures you see everywhere are for pumping water out from the aghas wale side of underpass to the dunkin wale side. Since only one side of the drain seems to be working.


  5. K.A. (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 10:20 am

    I’ve seen four fire trucks parked on the main road opposite side of Mota’s i.e. coming towards schon circle from Boat Basin and pumping out water like crazy last two days. I have noticed that there are several drains in the underpass along its width but I guess where they lead to is the problematic section coz on Monday July 31st it did get flooded and the water was pumped out on the streets so they got flooded. Then the hump was built to prevent more water (or the pumped out water ) from going back in. This area has been a problem for ages.. I remember Aug 12 1992. Everything was floating in this area..and I with my friends brought in a car which I parked at Boat Basin opp St. Michaels – then waded in waist deep water till Teen Talwar and pushed my other car till Boat Basin – sent my family back in the good car and walked all the way to my (ex) home in PECHS which took the better part of five hours – courtesy flooding of teen talwar area.



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