Crazy for flyovers??

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This pic that appeared in Dawn today, mentioned that we are getting another flyover at the Saudi Embassy Intersection in DHA! This is INSANE!

If facing a 10 min traffic slowdown is enough to qualify for a flyover spot, I think every nook and cranny in Karachi should have one.

There is also some construction going on at the gate of PAF Faisal Base. Going by this news, I am assuming thats a flyover too.

Insanity has just reached a new high!

28 Comments so far

  1. Sufi (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 11:06 am

    Ugly.
    Ugly
    Ugly

    These flyovers are so ugly, all of them.


  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    DHA Gone NUTZ !


  3. Manish (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 11:58 am

    …Just for the record..thats the Saudi Consulate..the Embassy is still in Islamabad..:)…..still crazy though….


  4. mansoor (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

    hhmm…

    the PAF one is *also* a flyover, aimed at reducing the couple few signals left on SF.


  5. Raza (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

    …and I hear another one’s planned for the Regent Plaza intersection. It’s badly needed there though.


  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

    karachi k bridges aur flyovers tu “Pul sarat” yaad dila deytey hain, Kuch pata nahi hota banda kab neechay tapak jaye :D


  7. Neena (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 1:19 pm

    If whole city is lifted by few feets than there wiil be no question of flooding during monsoon rains =√û. City planners are solving a problem and you guys are complaining :D.


  8. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    YEAH – All new roads are 18 inches higher then existing level, means, in rains flooding on branch streets, and water drainage collapses.


  9. llama (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

    DHA Karachi Awards Design Works to NESPAK (Jan-Mar 2006)

    http://www.nespak.com.pk/downloads/pdf/NRJan-Mar2006.pdf.

    Amongst the projects listed for DHA include:

    1. Flyover along Khayaban-e-Hafiz at Gizri Commercial Area.

    2. Underpass along Khayaban-e-Shahbaz at intersection with Khayaban-e-Shaheen

    3. Up-gradation of Khayaban-e-Jami including construction of Flyover at Khayaban-e-Jami/Ittehad intersection

    4. Flyover/Underpass at Sundial Chowk

    5. Underpass along Khayaban-e-Hafiz at its intersection with Khayaban-e-Shahbaz

    6. Up-gradation of Khayaban-e-Shamsheer (2.7km) from Khayaban-e-Hafiz to Beach Avenue.

    Preliminary cost of the above works is estimated at Rs. 826 million.

    On a weirder note, the diplomatic gossp mill says that the gizri flyover was actually requested by the Japanese and Saudi consul generals; the former lives just off Gizri on Khayaban-e-Jabal (note the black marble walls and heavy security), while the Saudi Consulate is located at the intersection of gizri/shamsheer/hafiz.

    For those of us, like me, who use Gizri every day, looking for an alternate route will be a nightmare, since the only other options are sunset blvd or zamzama, both equally worse. Its all very well to construct a million flyovers and underpasses but i wish they’d give some consideration to making sure alternate routes are well-defined and practical.


  10. zeeshan syed (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

    I do NOT agree with the author here. What you are saying is that we should follow the same pathetic routine of building bridges and flyovers when the water is above the bridge? When it’s all gone too late? Just the way they are doing it at Millinium Mall and Johar Turn. You could see the ultimate requirment of flyovers in both those places but they didn’t and NOW they are doing that will cause even MORE mess.

    Strong infrastructure can only be build it with a plan and BEFORE it’s too damn late. Stop bitching about things you shouldn’t bitch about! Sheeshh how stupid!


  11. hh (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

    Almost all the flyovers that have been built recently are technically flawed. I would like all of you to observe what happens at the intersections below the flyovers.


  12. hh (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

    Almost all the flyovers that have been built recently are technically flawed. I would like all of you to observe what happens at the intersections below the flyovers.


  13. hh (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

    Almost all the flyovers that have been built recently are technically flawed. I would like all of you to observe what happens at the intersections below the flyovers.


  14. hh (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    Almost all flyovers built in recent years are technically flawed. One should observe what happens at the intersections below the flyover.


  15. hh (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

    Sorry for the multiple comments.


  16. HITMAN (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

    I think that flyover at PAF Faisal is a necessity because just a crossong b/w to the wings of the bases causes immense problem on SF. Hence the 2 wings must be connected either with a flyover or an underpass.


  17. BitterTruth (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

    I demand a flyover on my street intersection. It fulfills the criteria (its an intersection)!!
    Mass Transit should be put on halt until Mehran Builders get the necessary technology.


  18. aaXz (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 9:36 pm

    Um. Actually They’re not making the fly over on the Saudi consulate intersection. The fly over will start from where this picture is, that is the total petrol pump, cross gizri and end at the NHS gate. Which i suppose is a kilometer or more.
    During rush hour it can take you 10 to minutes to get through this 1 km strip on lang. So i suppose it makes sense.
    What sucks is that i live almost infront of the construction, so i can forget about getting some quite time trying to study.


  19. Shoaib Meenai (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 11:16 pm

    Why build flyovers at these intersections? Why not at Submarine Chowk, Punjab Chowrangi, at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Korangi Road, at the intersection of Khayaban-e-Ittehad and Korangi Road etc? The above named intersections are much busier than the ones at which flyovers/underpasses are being built, so it makes no sense. But then again, very little does when it comes to Karachi’s roads.

    PS: What/where is Sundial Chowk? I don’t remember any intersection named that.


  20. Shoaib Meenai (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 11:17 pm

    Why build flyovers at these intersections? Why not at Submarine Chowk, Punjab Chowrangi, at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Korangi Road, at the intersection of Khayaban-e-Ittehad and Korangi Road etc? The above named intersections are much busier than the ones at which flyovers/underpasses are being built, so it makes no sense. But then again, very little does when it comes to Karachi’s roads.

    PS: What/where is Sundial Chowk? I don’t remember any intersection named that.


  21. Shoaib Meenai (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

    Plus the DHA people really need to do something about Zamzama, it’s crazy during the rush hour. The Shaheen-Shamsheer intersection is perhaps in greater need of a flyover than the Saudi Embassy intersection.

    And while the DHA people are carrying out mass construction, can they please finish off the work on Khayaban-e-Shahbaz. Some parts of the road are still unbuilt and road markings are non-existent. Maybe DHA should focus on completing existing projects (they broke most of the streets between Khayaban-e-Badr and Khayaban-e-Hilal around six months ago, they still haven’t been rebuilt, and it’s been two years since the work on Shahbaz commenced) before starting new ones?

    PS: Sorry for the double post – internet connection wasn’t working properly


  22. bayl (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 12:29 am

    I second what Shoaib said. Completely agree with you.


  23. wasiq (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 2:13 am

    yaar carlton sey boat phard te keamari aaja….mein tainoo appay pick kar lawaan gaa…aaho!
    THE KARACHI VICE……


  24. Omer (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

    Let’s have a more long term outlook. Defence will soon see a sharp increase in it’s population due to the influx of residents of Creek Marina. New houses are being constructed at a rapid pace in Phase 8. If the road infrastucture is not upgraded, all these residents will be using the current road network and a “10 min traffic slowdown” (as stated by Inspirex) will turn into chaos.

    Flyovers (by and large) do help in smooth running of traffic. The signal free corridor (linking Sharea Faisal to Site Industrial Area)is a joy to drive on (goto http://www.flickr.com/photos/creating2000/402745796/ for visual confirmation)


  25. mansoor (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    You know omer, you defnitely have a point here.

    Over the last couple of years, we’ve been complaining that the authorities did nothing for the existing high traffic areas such as Hassan Square, National Stadium, Jauhar Morr and so on, only when the traffic jams started becoming 2 hours long was something done.

    Here, DHA is planning ahead. Once the beachfront is completed, traffic inside is going to be totally hell.

    And guess what :p we’re STILL complaining


  26. wasiq (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 2:09 am

    o mein onoo carlton akheya woh ponch giya marina ich pheair te sawair hee aaway gaa….

    episode 2


  27. Abdulrahman "AR" Rafiq (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 2:24 pm

    This is going way to far, a flyover in this location is totally unacceptable. It will turn the area into a a getto like place – The D.H.A. authorities are NUTZ…pls stop this ridiculous project…save Defence from DHA.


  28. sami (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

    I feel this is our way of rising above others – atleast now maybe a tiny fraction of our taxes is being spent on something other then their respective Prado’s –



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