Increasing number of open main holes Islam was able to capture this photo showing a bike that accidentally ran into open main hole.

My friend called me early morning 4:30am in a very fearful voice. MB abbu ka accident hogaya hai. I rushed to his side & came to know that he was going for prayers when his motorcycle hit main hole that is raised well above the surface of the newly built road. Knowing well how much well lit our roads are he couldn’t see it in normal speed and the next moment he was in air and on road. At 4:30am there was no one on road to help him too. At 4:30am in the morning there was no one to help him. Imagine his bravery that he carried himself home as luckily he was near his area. Ayesha Munzil..

One thing that i have observed and i don’t know its reason is many new roads have gutter main holes raised above the road level. So much so that motorcycles and rickshaw are sure to have difficult time evading them in speed especially at night. The worst form of it is the road that goes from Gurumandar to Lasbela.

The most dangerous part of all this is when someone steals the dhakkan of the main hole. It then surely becomes the death hole for motorcyclist. And even if you are in a car you can do little if the tyre lands into it. This then becomes (my personal experience) a worst case scenario during rains. Will anyone explain what could be possible reasons and solutions to this?

20 Comments so far

  1. HITMAN (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 11:55 am

    Usually, the manholes r built when the road isnt yet carpeted. Hence they r supposed to be built a bit higher at the ground level. Ironically, the parties involved do not communicate regarding the height of the road carpetting above the ground hence quite often, the level of manholes & road is not synchronized. Lower or Higher, this situation is deadly.

  2. Zeba (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    NOW here is catch 22 situation – :)

    It is CDGK which is responsible to ensure roads and main throughfares are smooth and ditch free.

    Earlier when Naimatulla was Nazim, it was ignored and now when Mustafa kamal is nazim it is hood winked.

    What are they doing – simply raising the road levels without realising that the doesmtic and commercial sewer lines cannot be elevated to keep natural flow towards the trunks which are running parallel to roads.

    if the rain fall ratio increase like every year, imagine the chaos faced by people living in houses and appartment complexs. DHA phase 2 is a real life example of that INCLINATION IMBALANCE between the main line sewer trunk and domestic connections.

  3. Mehreen (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 12:50 pm


  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

    correct link to the picture (DAWN)

    this is the pic of KMC building.. where these days city council’s(assembly of all nazims from karachi) sessions are held .. sewer water is almost knee deep and there are deathtraps dug on this road which could turn fatal if any poor motorcyclist falls into them.. the gate in the pic is normally used by cars to enter the premises..(imagine all the nazims from both ruling MQM as well as opposition passing through this gate every day and still unable to get this problem rectified right under their own nose) …every car entering City Court’s parking has to pass through this mess.. sewer water has flooded not just this road but adjacent botal gali/dandia bazar and some parts of Pakistan chowk as well

  5. cardinal (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

    Town planners have failed against the mass mafia of JAHIL & HEARTLESS contractors. WE NEED TALIBAN and MASS Hanging of TOP Stalwarts – 100 ~ 200 hanged publically will bring everyone in senses and what is dead in them might get a jump start to save their own skin.

  6. english nitpicker (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

    It’s not ‘main hole’ — it’s “manhole”

    Btw, whats a ‘manhole’ called in Urdu?

  7. Ahmed (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

    A manhole, i’m guessing DHAKKAN? I think a manhole is basically called “Man-hole” because it has space for a man to go into the gutter?

    Anyway, this is unfortunate. The reason they are stolen are because its an easy way to make a quick RS.500 to RS.1,000. I don’t have a solution for it, but I would it is lockable? This is ridicolous!

  8. Da-Man (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    Hope your father is gets well soon.

    Maybe a solution would be to set up a sting operation to buy manhole covers, catch everyone who brings one in to sell and then make them spend a couple of days inside the manhole.

  9. malaika rizwi (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

    these are very dangerous..people take it very lightly…is’nt there aplace where we can call and complain?

  10. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

    Manhole covers are govt. property. It’s forbidden to buy/sell govt. property. So both buyer and seller are committing a crime in a Manhole cover sale.

  11. Hena (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

    LOL @ “Manhole covers are govt. property. It’s forbidden to buy/sell govt. property. So both buyer and seller are committing a crime in a Manhole cover sale.”

    You speak as if NO ONE commits a crime in Karachi! Hudh hoti k gutter k dhakkan koh bhi chori ker rahe hain! WHY!? Aren’t they like super heavy? No one sees a person carrying those suckers? Only solution is to re-elect educated, normal people who for once actually want to change Karachi for the better – oh oops – I’m dreaming. Will that ever happen? That’s so sad about the motorcyclist, at least it wasn’t fatal….

  12. Alam (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

    @english nitpicker at September

    >>>Btw, whats a ‘manhole’ called in Urdu?

    it is called ‘Mardaana Soraq’

  13. SS (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 11:53 pm

    ‘Mardaana Soraq’ ALAM, now thats opposite of Hyderabadi Tareekha, shouldn’t it be Soorakh?

  14. ALAM (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 1:29 am

    SS, u r right my friend….its just the accent :D

  15. KASHIF (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 1:37 am

    and what would be the translation of “Main Hole” in Urdu.

    Let me guess: “Asal Sorakh”? but how would you explain that? :D

  16. MB (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 1:58 am

    @Few readers
    That was not my father. Does anyone reads a post properly here?

  17. english nitpicker (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 2:50 am

    Isn’t ‘sooraq/soorakh’ spelt with the ‘mota qaf’ in Urdu? and *not* the ‘gaf wala kaf’? If that’s the case, the correct transliteration would be with a ‘q’. The ‘kh’ would refer to the ‘jeem wala khe’ letter.

    Or am I incorrect? — after all Urdu is my weak spot.

    ^For the other English nitpickers out there I know that “spelt” can be also be spelt as “spelled” – the difference being that ‘spelt’ is British English and ‘spelled’ is American English.

  18. Ahmed (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 7:45 am

    Check this one out in front of a govt school…we need life boats here!

  19. basit (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

    u r right my friend….its just the accent :D

  20. basit (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    u r right my friend….its just the accent :D

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