Liaqatabad Underpass

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/07/30062007-thumb.jpgOr shall we call it underwater pass.

I happened to drive through the place on Saturday night, and it was quite a scene. Fine, the underpass is filled with water and traffic is being diverted, but it created quite a commotion in the middle. People surrounded the area as if a circus was going on down there. A Suzuki pickup carrying ladies and children stopped and everyone stepped out to take a look at flooded underpass. They looked thrilled and amazed, as if a baby elephant was stuck under the bridge.

More pictures after the jump

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40 Comments so far

  1. amin polani (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

    well i guess these pictures were taken by someone who was also watching it after stopping his car


  2. amin polani (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    well i guess these pictures were taken by someone who was also watching it after stopping his car especially the first picture


  3. umar (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

    No, I was passing through… and I took pictures while passing… stopping momentarily because the traffic ahead of me was at a halt.

    Any other critical analysis of the post, and pictures?


  4. Metro (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 3:04 pm

    To start with, this post was about the Liaqatabad Underpass, right. It got closed due to the accumulation of Raid water for a few hours and was again operational once the water level receded. It is really unfortunate on our part to mention only the closure of the said “Underwater” pass, and not its reopening within hours. Someone told me what had happened in the previous years and what was the situation at the now highly appreciated Clifton Underpass, which was closed for a few days. So guys, wake up. Do u expect miracles. We should expect what is practically possible. I personally believe, its a progression, and at least the sense of quality civic utilities is beginning to creep up not only in the minds of the general public, but also among the people like CDGK. We are always very upbeat about anything bad, or while criticizing, and mentioning a good deed of a person or organization is hardly mentioned. Let me give you an example; The roundabout at Naheed Store, Bahadurabad, has recently been reconstructed with the collaboration of SCB and Gulshan Iqbal Town. It doesn’t look marvelous, but at least its something that has its own utility value to the general public. I don’t think that the said roundabout is even mentioned anywhere. We were all very critical of the Killer Billboards and critcised the Advertisers and the Brands alike for the said boards but here, a Brand has at least tried to do something for the general public and that should be appreciated (Like the appreciation of the fire fighting department in one of the recent posts).
    In the above case of Liaqatabad Flyover, I would like the author to post the time of the re-opening of the said “Underwater” pass. and please be kind enough to dig out the number of days, the Clifton Flyover was closed the previous year.


  5. Metro (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

    To start with, this post was about the Liaqatabad Underpass, right. It got closed due to the accumulation of Raid water for a few hours and was again operational once the water level receded. It is really unfortunate on our part to mention only the closure of the said “Underwater” pass, and not its reopening within hours. Someone told me what had happened in the previous years and what was the situation at the now highly appreciated Clifton Underpass, which was closed for a few days. So guys, wake up. Do u expect miracles. We should expect what is practically possible. I personally believe, its a progression, and at least the sense of quality civic utilities is beginning to creep up not only in the minds of the general public, but also among the people like CDGK. We are always very upbeat about anything bad, or while criticizing, and mentioning a good deed of a person or organization is hardly mentioned. Let me give you an example; The roundabout at Naheed Store, Bahadurabad, has recently been reconstructed with the collaboration of SCB and Gulshan Iqbal Town. It doesn’t look marvelous, but at least its something that has its own utility value to the general public. I don’t think that the said roundabout is even mentioned anywhere. We were all very critical of the Killer Billboards and critcised the Advertisers and the Brands alike for the said boards but here, a Brand has at least tried to do something for the general public and that should be appreciated (Like the appreciation of the fire fighting department in one of the recent posts).
    In the above case of Liaqatabad Flyover, I would like the author to post the time of the re-opening of the said “Underwater” pass. and please be kind enough to dig out the number of days, the Clifton Flyover was closed the previous year.


  6. umar (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

    I posted what I saw there when I drove through the spot. I didn’t stay there to wait for the underpass to open, it is not my job to play journalist.

    and what’s with posting every comment twice? we get the message first time around, posting it twice won’t emphasise it any more.


  7. Metro (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    There is a mistake, the said roundabout is in Mohammad Ali Society, and not opposite Naheed Store.


  8. Metro (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

    I never knew, you are going to take my comments so seriously. You are right, I am sure you didn’t stay there to wait for the underpass to open, it is not your job to play journalist. But please, try to get the difference between being analytical or critical! I am sorry for posting it twice. Thanks for pointing it out.


  9. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

    Well, what can be said more of our entertainment-starved denizens.


  10. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

    @UMAR

    Seems like you see everything DARK and wish not to look at the Brighter side EVER. OR

    GREY AREAS.

    U posted – Underpass closed ? who will post IT IS OPEN ??

    You also Failed to mention and highlight that since the rain devastation of KUNDA Bastis, the loadshedding “Almost” Vanished from Karachi.

    Try to locate grey areas n locate GOOD, instead of hunting snapping evil / BAD .

    YOU as a blog-writer is like a 2 rupay wala akhbar which only print and publish rape, murder, snatching, theft, drugs and plunder, not what Good is happening in the city.

    Good does not count for the T2F or the dhool dhamaka parties good is what is Good for people to feel good.

    I’m glad that on friday night the TCF woman said on BBC radio, Karachi Metblogs is diverse medium where all people express their opinion but very few are really talking about whats Good in the city. Turmoil is that everyone is involved in HYPE of Negative, and that Hype Overshadow what is Good but does not get projection. She in the same tone said Karachi City Govt is doing great job and extending help to us as well to all NGOs to get people out of misery, where as the TV channels are politicising the Act of Nature, and she laughingly said Court is taking suo moto notice of natural disasters.

    Smile, Its Monday !


  11. Tamed~. (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

    @Umar,

    Don’t get pissed off by somenons valid commnents, even if they are mistakenly posted twice.

    By the way,blogging is not too far away from journalism.

    MQM or no MQM, but I think the nazim is doing his best to sort out the problems of the city which never had any infrastructure for 60 years.

    Give him some time..


  12. TJ Rana (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

    Refere to TAMED, Is MQM in govt first time? if they are passionate to build the infrastructure why not during their previous tenures? Infact the credit goes to Naimatullah, who set the criteria for the followers.

    If we realy want to build the Karachi again, we will have to bring Naimatullah back that old man deserve to be reponsible for the city.

    MQM’s past is open to every one they are power/money mongers, thats what they are doing right now.


  13. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    Karachi’s success lies in MQM’s failure and vice versa.

    Pre-MQM era were the best years of Karachi. If you want to bring back the old glory of Karachi, say good bye to MQM or face the consequences and keep suffering. What goes around DO come around.. I didn’t say that, learned folks did…

    People do stupid things in life like voting for MQM.


  14. Tamed~. (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

    @Rana sahab,

    If you read my comments with open eyes, I did not say anything in favour of MQM, I just said that
    anyone (Nazim in this case) who is working towards
    improving the infrastructure should be given some time.

    Naimatullah sahab did well in terms of building parks, but he should have worked more in builiding roads, flyovers & under passes, & improving the transportation system.
    But I will not dent that he did well in his tenure.

    ‘MQM’s past is open to every one they are power/money mongers, thats what they are doing right now.’

    BY the way, is hammam mein sab hee nangay hain,
    what do you say about the rest of the politicians
    ruling the country?


  15. Imran (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

    HAHAHA all I can do is laugh at Salman’s and TJ Rana’a comments…….LOL Bring Naimatullah Back..Hhahahahaaa wake up smell the coffee because it is not happening…


  16. Tamed~. (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

    sorry spelling mistake deny in place of dent.


  17. kabuki (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

    i used to live near that area
    ever small issue becomes a reason for entertainment in that area of karachi because people has nothing to do. so they can stop by and enjoy any time they want


  18. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 8:09 pm

    This is not the first time that an underpass has turned into a fish tank, this has happened before as well. this proves that the people in-charge of managing such projects can do anything but project management. Just like a successful cricketer can’t necessarily become an actor, those who have mastered in collecting BHATTA can’t become project managers.. nateeja aap ke samne hai……..


  19. bluemax (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

    Naimatullah Khan surely deserves credit but he got the work done because funds were provided to him (for dev, not as bribes). No money -> No work at the City Govt level. Same is the case this time, MK is assured of funds so we get to see some improvements.


  20. JWH (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

    @TJ Rana: So true, couldn’t agree more


  21. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

    Karachi’ite mesmerizing the US viewers..

    Kashif Memon rocks!!

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=fViV66t8pJw


  22. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    UMAR – YOU censored my comments – ??


  23. Ali (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 12:33 am

    “I posted what I saw there”….Umar immediately caught at the backfoot!

    “Its not my job to play journalist.”……Either mind the way you write……or face the Music….Umar!


  24. newb3e (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 1:09 am

    i came back home from site just when it started to rain and i reached home in 20 mins and it was raining badly .
    b4 this corridor it took around 45 min normally and when it rained it took hours to get pass those silly pathans at nazimabad etc.
    Nazim is doing best he can.agur 20 30 caror kha raha hai tu i dont mind pakistan may sub khatay hai lakin yeh bunda kam kur raha hai.


  25. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 1:58 am

    Those people who deny Mustafa Kamal’s work are fools and of course biased to the point where they become blind!

    It’s so easy for people like Doctor, Adnan Siddiqui, Salman A and the other “always denying” lot to critisize and I NEVER see them praising the work that the Nazim is doing. MQM’s past is right there so is Benazir and so is Nawaz. Tell me how many roads did Nawaz Sharif make here? How many underpasses did Benazir build here? Tell me one! While we suffered, Lahore was being developed at great pace. Roads, underpasses, you name it! If you don’t believe me then you should go visit Lahore and Islamabad. How many people live there? How many people pay taxes there? Which city generates real money? KARACHIIIIIIII!!

    Pathetic morons will continue to cry like little babies ignoring and discouraging what the MK is doing. What did NAWAZ SHAREEF or BENAZIR or the previous governments do for you?

    RANA where the heck are you from? You say Karachi was better before MQM. Do you even know your damn history?

    METRO: I agree 100% with you! These guys do not take time to report something that is going wrong. Last year, when Bath Island was flooded, the Media was all over the place. Today, there is no emergency there. You can drive, walk and even dance on the streets of Bath Island without having to swim thru the roads. Did ANYONE report it over here? NOOOOOOO!! It’s all biased!


  26. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 2:27 am

    Bravo! Mr Zeeshan everybody!


  27. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 2:47 am

    Thanks SHAHIDNUSA. Now wait and watch people flame me :D


  28. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 2:50 am

    Zeeshan Bhayya,
    Sir, don’t compare Nawaz Sharif and Benazir’s party with MQM.. They are political parties and not mafia.. Nawaz built his hometown Lahore while Bhutto awarded lands to his peasants in Larkana.. No comparison to Altaf though, who could ONLY bring bloodshed, lawlessness, and insecurity to KARACHI in the past 20 years or so, since we made the mistake by electing the Haq-parasts… no other leasder is so disloyal to his city or town as Altaf is..


  29. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 3:06 am

    Salman brother, no matter what you say. The fact is that they are sitting in the parliament and they are in the government. How many times have this mafia attacked your home? How many time did you get affected by what Nawaz and Benazir did? Did you ever give this a thought?

    You are actually justifying Nawaz’s government for neglecting Karachi because he was busy building his home? OH PLEASE HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL!

    If you look at the big picture, you’ll see that there are other BIGGER mafias being handled by Nawaz, Current Choawdari Brothers and Benazir Bhutto’s party which has affected our lives in a much bigger and more devastating way.

    Now that when a guy (Mustafa Kamal) who works for Altaf is building his hometown, how come you are not willing to support his acts? Yet all you do is deny his accomplishments? Only because of his background? Only because he was a type writer at 90 (which is not the case) but anyway.

    What happened to KPT underpass was much bigger and massive. Water that had accumulated there was as high as 18 feet. What happened at Liaqatabad underpass is totally different. There was 2-3 feet of water and that too was drained far more quickly than they did with KPT underpass (I guess they drained the water under an hour) while it took KPT a number of DAYS to drain the water acculmulated in the underpass. The reasons behind filling up of the KPT Underpass are totally different than those of Liaqatabad Underpass. In this case, a Nala had already chowked and water started to pour-in in the Liaqatabad Underpass. That Nala was not built properly by the previous governments. “Storm water drainage” is a term that I guess never made it through the minds of the previous governments! Have some mercy, give some thought to this!

    What’s happening today will happen again. Why? Because we live in a city which has no infrastructure and if I am to play the blame game then I will simply put alll the blame on the previous government and I mean aaaallll of them. Busharraf did one thing real good and that was to deploy the City Government system. No matter what, but all the development that see you today in Karachi is because of BUSHARRAFF and after him the credit goes to Mustafa Kamal.

    I don’t care if he swallows a couple of millions as long as he spends a couple of millions on the city and I WILL continue to support him and any other person who is working in the right direction regardless his background.


  30. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 3:08 am

    ****Only because he was a typewriter typist* at 90 (which is not the case) but anyway.


  31. iD (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    Gosh the people have alot of time


  32. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

    ID, I could not agree more. People got time to post, read and then comment on it too :D


  33. Jaad Syed (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 4:24 am

    hmmm, Qasam say ab agar koi MQM ko criticize kerta hay (regarding CDGK) then I must say !! he has just got the MQM phobia, nuthin more!!!!

    Mustafa Kamal is literally working day and night for our beloved city ! the least we can do is appreciate him !!!

    Now we are so politically divided that almost half of the people here think after reading my comments that just because I support Mustafa Kamal ,I dont appreciate the work of Naimatullah Khaan sahab !!

    Grow up guys !!!!

    If a storm like last week would have come in Naimatullah Khans tenure , the deaths would have been larger in Magnitude ! cause within the limits of CDGK only 4 billboards fell, while I remember during the tenure of Naimattullah sahab ! a storm much lower in strength brought down two billboards right before my eyes on Gulshan Chowrangi ! God know how many were on ground within the whole jurisdiction, !!

    So my point is !!! Stop criticizing each and everything you see!!!


  34. Jaad Syed (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 4:30 am

    And we Karachiites should not blame everything on the CDGK,

    Like for instance deaths of the people during rain !! We are the most irresponsible people, our lives is primarily our own responsibility ! not the govt’s

    When the Sea Cyclone warning was given !! all the TV Channels showed the warning ! And how the people took it??? people numbering thousands went to the seaview ! knowing fully that the whole residential area has been evacuated and only 2 days before 200 people had died !!

    God Forbid, had that storm hit the coast there would have been 500+ deaths on the sea view alone! Who would have been responsible for that ?!?


  35. iD (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 4:52 am

    @Zeeshan Syed
    I meant ppl hav lods of time to go there to watch that “pool” and machars on them lolz


  36. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 5:38 am

    JAAD SYED: I AGREE 100% BROTHER. U R SO DAMN RIGHT!!! WELL SAID

    ID: Lol indeed. I am sorry I misunderstood you :)


  37. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 7:41 am

    Mr Zeeshan, I have read your comments about Karachi problems, eventhough I know very little bout it.I found your notes sincere and caring without any hatred for anybody.Remember you have my support.So keep going man.


  38. salman@KU (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    Hats off to the Master Blaster Mustafa Kamal!!

    He is setting very high standards for others to acheive (if others got a chance). We the people of Karachi are very very emmotional…criticism is one thing and teasing is another. Here i saw people tease one’s emotions with baseless allegations etc. If you can’t say anything good then its better not to speak.

    Regarding the works of MK even the bitter critics of MQM praise his devotion towards the betterment of Karachi. Be Patient and let him complete his tenure.


  39. Imran (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 10:11 pm

    Thought provoking post Umar. A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say. Speaks volumes of “entertainment” level in Karachi.

    Maybe we ought to open a few more madaris in the country, Lal Masjid style. That should open up our minds! NOT!


  40. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

    Why not a few pubs and game pads and stuff like that? :D

    SHAHIDNUSA: Thanks brother! I try to speak my mind out but I do carry a lot of hate for those who hate my city and do not contribute in building a better, more safer Karachi to live in.



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