Foresight and planning

When the frustration and anger at the state of roads in Karachi subsides for a little while, the question still remains: how did this come to pass? There are many reasons, but now you can add another one to the list: the lack of bitumen to carpet the roads.

From The Nation:

“At present the city government requires 100 to 200 tons of bitumen daily for road carpeting and patch working, while the Attock Petroleum provides only 15 to 20 tons daily which falls short of the requirement and halted the work on many projects including construction of University Road, both loops of Hasan Square flyover, Shahrea Pakistan, Sharea Orangi, Korangi 12000 road while the patch working of more than 51 roads has also suffered due to unavailability of bitumen,” the spokesman added.

According to the CDGK spokesman Karachi is only procuring 10% of its bitumen needs. Which essentially means that carpeting roads will take ten times longer than planned.

Happy driving!

9 Comments so far

  1. cardinal (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

    SUVs….. 4×4 rule :P

  2. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    these rascals are just making excuses!!

    i remember when the jamati city govt was in paower and they had dug up many roads for repair and expansion the MQM made a loud noises that the city govt has made the city a living hell by digging all the road without planning and were not prepared to listen to the arguments of the then govt.

    now they have done exactly the same things since they got the city govt and are giving lame excuses!

    why should we now giv ethe MQM the benifit of doubt??

  3. malaika rizwi (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

    why do they dig up all the places at the same time?? cant they finish with one and then start digging another area?!?!

  4. cardinal (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

    no one is sincere to city be it ANY SINGLE PARTY. Karachi is Chicken which lay golden egg…!

  5. SHAH PHYSAL (unregistered) on September 9th, 2007 @ 12:43 am

    @cyril the squirrel


    oh! thats why they cudnt complete the task cuz they cudnt even figure out the correct name.

    i think shahra-e-faisal does exist somewhere in the city, not sure abt SHAREA FAISAL (shari’a or shareyat of faisal doesnt even exist in saudia arabia)

  6. zee (unregistered) on September 9th, 2007 @ 8:53 am

    The people of Gulistan-e-Johar are suffering the MOST. Trust me, take a drive there and you’ll see what pain and agony people living in Johar are facing each day! It’s HORRIBLE!

  7. Reality_Check (unregistered) on September 9th, 2007 @ 10:38 am

    PETARIAN and others, sure there are difficulties and problems but I never thought that a day would come for Karachi when its development projects would be hindered by lack of supply of Raw materials. As I have stressed before not long ago there was no money and no projects for this city with plenty of raw material lying around.

    It was Musharraf who said spend as much as you can and as fast as you can on this city while I am around. Now, when things dont look that good for him, Karachi should expedite its projects. Afterwards, if he is not around the well will dry up pretty quick.

    Ofcourse, the whiners will continue to whine.

  8. udass (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

    This is referred as MISMANAGEMENT.
    What type of persons are those who are managing all these development, really weired.
    If we can think this small point that before executing any plans u must assure that all your resources and raw material is or will be available, how come they don’t think of it.
    I refer it as MERIT DEATH.

  9. basit (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    Ofcourse, the whiners will continue to whine.

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