Traffic in Karachi – A comparison

I am sure the picture above is a familiar scene in Karachi. Getting stuck in crazy traffic jams is an everyday story now.

There are people who say traffic jams in Karachi is not a big deal as it happens in all big cities of the world.


Observe the picture of a traffic jam after the jump…

That’s how rush hour traffic looks like in most metropolitan cities in the west.

But if you look at this picture carefully, and compare it with Karachi, you will find many differences.

Some of them are as follows:

1. Between any two cars, there is a gap of at least one car.
2. All lanes are straight. It seems like the cars are parked in straight lines. I hardly see any car changing lanes.

In short, although the traffic is congested, it has not lost its sanity.

On the contrary, the traffic in Karachi gets on your nerves.

Do you still think we can compare Karachi traffic with other cities? I didn’t think so.

It’s much worse here.

52 Comments so far

  1. Syed Johny (unregistered) on December 21st, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

    well ! Kashif !

    The delay in the University road and Kashmir road (KDA officers Lawn) is due to the fact that the project is very lengthy !!

    Does anyone know why it was dig up ??
    Ans: It was dig up to insert a pipeline starting from old Sabzi mandi and ending all the way up to Clifton !!

    so the delay can be justified!

    plus Utility line is also being moved !

    As for the picture !

    it is funny ! why did anyone ever edit it !?!
    also a very bad editing once u take note!! he could have atleast changed the inner view of the cars doubled ! and also ! look at the lower left corner ! Bolan is is practically half way into that maroon car ! :D

  2. Shariq M. Khan (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:56 am

    Majority of us in Pakistan have a problem with following a structured and mannered approach. This goes to the planning & enforcement stages, and not at performance and due diligence.

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