And Another Rain Spell For The City.

Last night On DawnNews it was a shock to see defense authorities stopping journalists from shooting in the DHA area which was still struggling to wear off the effects of the last rain spell which badly effected this posh locality of the city.

Last night the rain lashed Karachi again, I am sure the rain must have added to the miseries of the residents of DHA. I wonder how they and the rest of the city is coping with this “fury of nature” unleashed upon them in the form of this recent rain spell.

Please Share with us how you are cooping with the recent rainfall in Karachi.

40 Comments so far

  1. amin polani (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 12:33 pm

    i am in bangkok these days and i have travelled across thailand and this is the rainy season every day there is some rain but the road even small lanes have drainages and you can not see water after 15 minutes to my surprise i have not polised my shoes for last 3 weeks and it is the rainy season, this country (thailand) was way backward than us 20 years ago they had the worst traffic jams in the world reaching airport to hotel took 4 to 5 hours now thay have build over head express ways, skytrain, underground metro, linked waterways with all of it and it all depends on way we address the problem hide it (like DHA ) or admit the mistakes and ractify it, we have been puting the dust under the carpet for last 60 years now it is time we change the carpet..


  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    the 1st spell of rain i encountered at Karsaz fly over and by the time i was through the civic centre it was DONE. – Time 8.20 PM

    2nd spell was from 8.45 till 11.00 – I was home

    In between Fajar Azans, 5 AM it started again and still pouring down, I choose to stay home, – What information I’m getting from people, it is CHAOS on the roads, PECHS Kashmir Road is totally caved-in. The down track (Under repair) university road between New Town police station and Old sabzi Mandi – is flooded and many cars / wagons are stuck in the mud.

    Shahrae Faisal is JAM between Shahrae quaideen fly over and Mehmoodabad signal and from Gulistan school signal to FTC on other side.

    MA Jinnah Road from Gurumandir roundabout to Plaza cinema market is BAD, though moving.

    Time is 11.40 and 80% of markets are not open, offices have thin attendence.,

    The Liyari river is flooded and from bridges we can see debris and household floating.

    DHA – no comments, They are INEPT administration, acting NAIVE…. !

    – any one interested to buy a 600 SQ yd 2001 finished corner double storey house in BathIsland – :) buy now Get Furniture free – Demand, PKR 5 Million upfront in Dubai – power disconnected, place is all soaked stinking with water and Vacant since 37 days,


  3. MB (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

    haaha…..i feel so amused when someone quote examples from these big cities….”thay have build over head express ways, skytrain, underground metro, linked waterways”,lolzz

    what you talking about man. Hey , hello. Dude this city lives in 17th century which is still looking for water (and if a miracle is possible clean water ) and electricity. When people from other cities come to karachi they only talk about these impractical (for now) ideas that look so good in an AC with a tea but someone needs to remind them about the journey from a wheel to Mars Rover.

    Its like a naked man talking about fashion and latest trends ………


  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

    Just look at these pics of Korang Creek. It’s scary!

    ppl in DHA are really in danger


  5. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

    MB MB MB Thats Gross –

    QUOTE

    “Its like a naked man talking about fashion and latest trends ………

    Posted by: MB at August 22, 2007 01:05 PM ”

    UNQUOTE


  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 1:22 pm


    Its like a naked man talking about fashion and latest trends

    Mb,being naked is also considered a fashion.


  7. amin polani (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

    MB you may be right but i am talking about what countries around us living in the same level of corruption with lesser resources have done they were the most gutted place on earth but they came out from it in less than 2 decades. As for big cities i will always love karachi but since the day i was born i have seen it go down in terms of living standard and this is only because of us, when we say we have to look towards west i think so we look towards afghanistan now is time to look towards east and learn from them.


  8. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

    @Amin – Take a break dude – you need to correct your vision, – you said since you were born,

    I seriously doubt that statment, Karachi was never in Stone age, neither it is heading for stone age OK.

    without dragging bragging about any politics, the core issue is reasonable, responsible accountable leadership who have enough resources available to disburse, and willingly ready to assume responsibilty for BAD as well as Good.

    which was the tallest building in town when you were born. when I was born, It was Qamar House only.

    How many people had LAND LINE Phones when you were born, – when i was born only 1100 telephone line were in whole of Karachi,.

    How many had the car, – previliged ones, 176 cars only, I remember my dad telling that before I was born, he had a Vespa scooter, and later when i came into being he bought a DATSUN BlueBird 1500 CC for mere Rs. 13500.00 I have the pics and the fond memory of me crawling toddler on the roof of that car parked outside Jahangir Kothari parade, on clifton, where in the back ground there were plenty of victorias.

    So take a break please please Karachi have progressed well, despite numerous blood baths,

    The only Thing which Karachi LACK is sincere leadership with roots in Karachi, among and from the people around us, who can be accounted for.

    The fastest pace of development in Karachi was in the period(s) of mayors who were Original Karachities, raised, educated and socially connected with Karachi.

    learning from other places is different, comparing is different, – social, economic, cultural norms play a pivitol role – you are in Thailand, place generate 70% of GDP out of Tourism. and you know what I mean by tourism. They have a legal system covering all what is an Open Taboo in our country.

    Take a break., think and be grateful for glass half full, not whining for glass half empty.


  9. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

    im at home as well. rite now its a bit if sun but i can see the clouds coming from the west.
    so More rain and therefore more trouble for those , who have managed to reach offices some how.


  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

    80mm rain has been recorded at SF.

    Source


  11. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    JAMASH – my post is HELD UP ?? or you trashed it


  12. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 3:26 pm
  13. Mohammad (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

    Can some one post some pictures of the inundated areas? I am interested in DHA as my house is there and affected too ( should be renamed OHA ( Offensive Housing Auth) and areas around sea view or any where else. sitting in London it all looks unbelievable but we are having flood warnings of our own over here too esp in the north so not much different except in Karachi it is manmade ineptness and dereliction of duty of the highest magnitude, the responsible of DHA should be strung up and feathered and tarred.
    sympathies with all karachites
    M


  14. Mohsin (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

    DHA is now Drowned Housing Authority lolz


  15. Concerned (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

    @Jamal

    When did khi only have 1100 telephone lines? I am guessing late 60s. Nothing personal to you. I just want to know for information sake.


  16. Mohsin (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

    DHA is now Drowned Housing Authority lolz


  17. amin polani (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

    @ Jamal comments
    Well if u call increase in number of car progress the cities in Europe are going down because more people are using bi-cycles there,
    if you tall building progress most of the Middland and west coast in US donot have big building

    I was talking about living standard when did the load shedding started getting worse surely after i was born why are the streets more dirty, why is saddar the most prestigous place before partition is a not hip place to live in now.

    have you visited the beaches recently are they cleaner than before, what about transportation is W11 above your standard. Yes we lack leaders but they come from within us .

    You speak of a country without knowing about it yes they have this past which gives them this recognition but we should agree they came out of it and a small country like this have $110 billion exports.

    Glass may be half full or half empty but the fact is water from karachi is flowing in different karachi, isnt there a brain drain more evident than before i am sure you will agree, i see indian going back to india for better future but how many pakistani parents want there child to come back?


  18. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

    @ Amin – You are missing ONE THING – Thailand is KINGDOM :D KING MAKES the decision, he approved throw up of the DEMOCRATIC Govt by the Military :D.

    anyhow, i wish not to drag it further.

    I wish and we all here wish Pakistan to be better then before so does the megapolis Karachi.


  19. Kashif (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

    I took a stroll in afternoon today and got some snaps of my area. Hasan Square is relatively better than other parts of the city. However I have to go to Korangi Creek (CBM side) tomorrow and am bit worried about it.


  20. Kashif (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 5:20 pm

    I took a stroll in afternoon today and got some snaps of my area. Hasan Square is relatively better than other parts of the city. However I have to go to Korangi Creek (CBM side) tomorrow and am bit worried about it.


  21. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

    well, what’s differenc between Kingdom and Dictatorship? *grin*


  22. Kashif (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 5:52 pm

    I took a stroll in afternoon today and got some snaps of my area. Hasan Square is relatively better than other parts of the city. However I have to go to Korangi Creek (CBM side) tomorrow and am bit worried about it.


  23. Kashif (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 7:12 pm

    Due to my ever-problematic internet connection, my comments came up thrice. I am not that excited to talk about my stroll :( Mods, plz delete couple of them.


  24. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

    @kashif: buri baat. Don’t blame Internet while there is a big time difference between your last two posts :D. Admit tht you were exciited :-)


  25. Ameer Hamza (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

    I have one of my showroom for CLIPSAL products at Boating Basin, Clifton block 5, next to Pizza Hut. The parking lot is full of water; the roads are better. So is the KPT underpass. Not so with DHA, Karachi.

    My another showroom for CASALI waterproofing membranes is at Phase 2 Extension, DHA, behind Biryani Centere. The area is completely underwater with dark, filthy, thick gutters flowing all around. I didn’t even enter my showroom today, which is undergoing a major face-lift now-a-days.

    Over all condition is too bad in DHA. News channels are already showing some boats; DAWN News was not allowed to enter certain areas. And that was before yesterday’s rain fall. Entire basements have been filled with either the seapage water or the water flowing downwards from the recently constructed roads.

    Whoever said that Karachi is progressing must be taken to task. What kind of progress is govt. talking about? Roads but no drainage; water but empty taps; filth all around.

    Non sense!


  26. Balma (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

    Ameer Hamza, shaayed aap kee zanmbeel hee defenceo’n kay kaam aajaa-ae? yaa voh umroo-ayaar lay gayaa?


  27. Kashif (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 11:50 pm
  28. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    @ Ameer Hamza –

    If the builders HAVE repeatedly failed to comply with the building codes., connecting 254MM dia fresh water line to a building occupied by 700 people, and main sewrage line of 450 Flats is only 600MM wide, connected to Storm water drain pipes instead of main sewer line this chaos is bound to happen. – IT IS OUR collective responsibility.

    Somewhere in Karachi, Roads are now higher then the pavement, – Drainge Nalah connections are higer then the connecting pipes… what will happen….. same as what is you have described. So why alone DHA or City Govt., why not all of us.

    India nai Nuclear bomb phora tab.. pakistan nai Phora…. keya kamal kara?? Kamal Jab Tha Jab India sai pehlay Phortay… aur bata daytay…

    Barish hoyee tab khayal aya… Drought tha 5 saal sai, sab theek tha, Nallah bhi allot kar deya tha :) :)


  29. IUnknown (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

    nice marketing comment ameer hamza :)


  30. HITMAN (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 1:04 pm
  31. HITMAN (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 1:46 pm
  32. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 7:17 pm

    @ameer hamza;

    what clipsal products are you dealing in? r u dealing in lighting fixtures/luminaires?


  33. Ameer Hamza (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 10:59 pm

    Re: Petarian_88

    We deal in electrical switches for rooms, bathrooms, servant quarters, and specially designed water-proof covers for gardens.

    We also deal in Cat 5 and Cat 6 cables, patch panels, I/Os, etc.

    We have office lights which are of top quality; and we sell GP batteries, timer- and remote-controlled fans, and entire remote-control lighting system.

    Regards,
    Ameer Hamza
    0301-2228210

    Address:

    Near Pizza Hut,
    Boating Basin,
    Block-5,
    Clifton,
    Karachi

    021-5363915
    021-5378771


  34. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 2:38 am

    @Ameer Hamza;

    Thanks for the details. I work in dubai, mainly on lighting projects. if you can give me your e-mail then may be i can send you some project enquiries.

    if you have been in dubai recently then i am sure you must have been to the mall of the emirates, my firm did most of the lighting for that mall.

    r u importing the lighting fitures or is there any manufacturing going on in pakistan? ru dealing in other company’s lighting poroducts or just clipsal!


  35. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 2:39 am

    @Ameer Hamza;

    Thanks for the details. I work in dubai, mainly on lighting projects. if you can give me your e-mail then may be i can send you some project enquiries.

    if you have been in dubai recently then i am sure you must have been to the mall of the emirates, my firm did most of the lighting for that mall.

    r u importing the lighting fitures or is there any manufacturing going on in pakistan? ru dealing in other company’s lighting poroducts or just clipsal!


  36. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 2:49 am

    @Ameer Hamza;

    Thanks for the details. I work in dubai, mainly on lighting projects. if you can give me your e-mail then may be i can send you some project enquiries.

    if you have been in dubai recently then i am sure you must have been to the mall of the emirates, my firm did most of the lighting for that mall.

    r u importing the lighting fitures or is there any manufacturing going on in pakistan? ru dealing in other company’s lighting poroducts or just clipsal!


  37. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 2:51 am

    @Ameer Hamza;

    Thanks for the details. I work in dubai, mainly on lighting projects. if you can give me your e-mail then may be i can send you some project enquiries.

    if you have been in dubai recently then i am sure you must have been to the mall of the emirates, my firm did most of the lighting for that mall.

    r u importing the lighting fitures or is there any manufacturing going on in pakistan? ru dealing in other company’s lighting poroducts or just clipsal!


  38. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 3:01 am

    @Ameer Hamza;

    Thanks for the details. I work in dubai, mainly on lighting projects. if you can give me your e-mail then may be i can send you some project enquiries.

    if you have been in dubai recently then i am sure you must have been to the mall of the emirates, my firm did most of the lighting for that mall.

    r u importing the lighting fitures or is there any manufacturing going on in pakistan? ru dealing in other company’s lighting poroducts or just clipsal!


  39. Ameer Hamza (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 2:03 am

    Re: Petarian_88

    Thank you for your promp reply.

    I have not been to Dubai but can tell you that I or my father might visit Dubai end of this year. We have to research electrical products as well as some waterproofing ones. I will bring my contractor along so that we know exactly where to look.

    We have some projects coming up in Karachi. Although one of our showrooms is exclusively for Clipsal only, we can and do buy third party products, lights, cables, etc through that. So please remain in contact.


  40. Ejaz Rasheed (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    DHA has accumlated a lot of wealth on citizens behalf now it is time that they should start spending it in the first instance like spraying insecticides on the accumalated rain water on the open plots which are becoming a breeding grounds for mosquitos



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