The preparations begin

IDEAS 2007, one of the biggest exhibitions of Pakistan, is going to be held on November 20th. And the preparations have already begun.

Initially started off with the ‘pressure’ by the army to complete all the three developments near expo center, namely Karsaz Flyover, National Stadium Flyover and the Hasan Square Flyover on or before Nov 17th. When the army pressurizes, you know its gonna be done, one way or the other. Round the clock teams are working on these projects, and every day you pass, you see visible progress.

The orders are in for the re-carpeting of Karsaz Road as well. The way they’re working. This would be an overnight thing, instead of the week it normally takes.

The greenbelts all across Sh-e-Faisal, especially the ones north of Karsaz towards airport are being rapidly developed. Tons of ‘mitti’ is being deposited, which will be followed by plants and grass. The same beautification is taking place on Dalmia road, where for the last 3 years, you couldnt see a plant anywhere, now the whole stretch of the road appears green.

These exhibitions do pose a hinderence to the population in the days that its going on, but nowadays, atleast it means a lot of the projects get done. Lets see just how beautiful they manage to make karachi this year.

9 Comments so far

  1. verysmart (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 5:55 pm

    Picuters please,anyone?

    I wonder if soemone can snap while the developments are taking place and then comapre it with pics of the same location a week later… love to see some “before and after” stuff


  2. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

    Yea, the ‘beauty’ created artificially will only last as long as the event goes on. As soon as the event is over, the Govt. will forget to take care of the all the expensive plants and other accessories, they will whither, creating a not-so-beautiful look.

    And this is not just theory, I have been seeing this for the last four years and every year it is the same thing – Wastage of Money (lots and lots of it).


  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 7:42 pm

    well be careful while taking pictures coz all the military hardware is being moved to site and army highups are paranoid at the moment, u could end up in a army lockup and tried for spying and can court martial too.. (civilian court-martial i.e.)

    be careful even talking anything anti government/army/mush on cell phone or land lines too otherwise you could have similar fate that this poor colonel had

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/story/2006/11/061112_col_ghaffar_na.shtml


  4. Kashif (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 9:32 pm

    Why the hell we have to suffer for their brilliant ideas? I fail to understnad why on earth they have this ‘sensitive’, ‘classified’ and keep-your-civilian-arse-off-limits exhibition in midst of the city? Why not take they take their ideas to islamabad or changa-manga, for that matter.

    I read today that hasan-square flyover is being developed using a quick-construct french technology where they put reinforced sand to instead of shuttering blocks. Although this is short route to construction but it will create problems at time of maintenance. Also, there aren’t any local expertise available and we have to seek the french when problems appear.


  5. mansoor (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 10:35 pm

    kashif.. i’ve seen the sand tech at work.. and it really isnt that bad.

    they’re doing a pretty good job so far


  6. Karachiite (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 1:06 am

    May we have arms fairs in every neighbourhood of Karachi. Ameen.


  7. SWA (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 9:48 am

    lol! comments for this post are pretty hilarious.

    However, I think having an expo center in the middle of the city was the most brilliant idea that any city govt. could think of. At least it exposes foreigners to a good portion of Karachi (and dispels their misconceptions) and also it results in massive development for adjoining areas.

    My only concern: I hope they dont start doing any substandard work in their hurry and zeal to finish quickly.


  8. Kashif (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    Well, i haven’t seen any massive development in my area, except these godforsaken fly-overs. These high-profile exhibitions only cause misery and suffering to the common man.


  9. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

    the main beach avenue when ur goin from Mcdonald towards the KPT fountain was reallyy messed up after the flooding/rain. They just fixed it completely over night as someone was coming to the park they have made on the side =)
    i have no clue who it was, but chief minister was there and DIG police was there himself..
    i just love my country..

    btw: another side effect of the expo thingi is all hotels are complete booked or even if they dont have bookings they are atleast saying that.. a friend of mine is flying into town for ten days, tried gettin him a room in PC, Shereton, Avari and Marriott.. they all said they had full occupancy for required dates..

    After approaching PC through there own chairman’s office, they said they’ll charge $500 per night.. ofcourse it would also be counted as a personal favor =D



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