Modern Bus-stops


Anybody noticed the ‘new-age’ bus stops being put up around some places in the city? I noticed them on Karsaz road and in their current ‘untouched’ state, they look very neat. While the capacity does not seem to be enough for the crowds that we typically have at the bus-stops (that is assuming that our buses stop at designated places at least on the major roads) but the designs are eye-candy. The structure is apparently equipped with an electronically controlled display advertisement area around 3 feet by 2 feet on one side (besides the mandatory sign board on top).

Please share if you’ve spotted these structures elsewhere in the city and what are you comments on the new design. Would it be able to sustain the ‘wrath’ of the public? And the dreaded ‘poster plastering’ that is the fate of every public structure that springs up on our roads of Karachi?

32 Comments so far

  1. Borovets apartment (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

    Hi to alls

    It is a good post about new age bus-stop and it is massage for all Pakistani’s.I really like it and it is good for us.

  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

    TO Add more – in Metros of PAKISTAN such developments can only be seen in the Cantonment Board localites only –

    For Karachi, CDGK approved designs of Bus Stops are still pending ‘award’ of contract after road work is completed on major arteries. Bus Stops are under sponsorship of Commericial organziations.

  3. Fouzan Zulfiqar Mughal (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

    Assalam Allikum to all
    Pretty true i’ve seen these bus stops for quite a few times on Karsaz road and believe me its pretty cool to see them. Still seems like to be untouched till now. I would love to see good buses for the guys using Government transport like me.

  4. Noble (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 3:26 pm

    Well its good now but u see that place after 2 months u will know better how drastically it has changed with loads of pan ke peeks,kachra, mitti :P

    I only c this…

  5. striker (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    I think posting a picture would be a very nice idea

  6. striker (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    I think posting a picture would be a very nice idea

  7. zee (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

    Errr.. besides the poster thingy, you can expect to see it broken down to tiny pieces when some political dude is killed next. Karachi city deserves a lot but can not get it, no thanks to millions of differeht ethnic groups trying to take cover it.

  8. zee (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

    Trying to take OVER it*

  9. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

    OMG! Are you kidding? Very nice!
    Three day community service punishment (including picking up the garbage from the streets)suggestion for anybody who get caught vandalizing this public property.

    That is why a neutral and efficient(without any ethnic or status reservations or biased) police is so important.
    Wishful thinking? Yes
    Possible? Yes

    You all are pakistanis. You all are Urdu speaking.
    English is your second language to communicate with the rest of the world.

  10. MS (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

    @ TM,

    Thanks for sharing the picture with us. It’s awesome, looks good and gives a good impression.

    By the way, is this your car parked in front of this bus-stop?


    Agreed. We need neutral and efficient police/Law-Order system.

    I was having the same discussion with one of my colleagues and the topic was "law and order" situation in Karachi.

    The dilemma with Karachi has been that the local police are mostly comprised of outsiders who came to the city and have joined the police department. Now think from their perspective; why would they stop any burglary or arrest criminals or enforce law or perform their duties with responsibilities b/c that’s not their city to begin with! They are reluctant to perform their duties with zeal b/c that would put them in the line of fire for something which they don’t consider theirs (read, the city of Karachi).

    For the proof that most of the police are from outside, read news about police men who got killed during/after riots or bombings in Karachi. Their coffins were taken to "Rahim Yaar Khan", "Mandi Bahauddin", "Shaikhupura", and other villages in Punjab or interior Sindh. This tells me that they still have their families living in those cities and they don’t even want to get buried in this city! Or better yet, talk to the police men sitting in a police mobile parked outside a girls’ college; their accent and appearance would tell you about their background.

    Unless and until these outsiders consider Karachi as their own city and work towards the betterment of the city and its citizens, we can’t have the police that we are talking about.

    Or the best solution, I think, is to recruit local people in police! Local Karachiites who are born and raised in this city regardless of from where their parents belonged! I hope those guys would be more sincere to the city than their parents.

  11. ali-en (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

    Well, this thing is great as long as the scavenger mafia doesn’t get a hand on it–and if they get buses that actually deserve this type of reception (not the hop-in-the-door-at-50km/h system).

  12. mana-ji (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

    Hope the structure dont end up in "ITTEFAQ FOUNDRY" along with the pakistan railway engines NOW!!.

  13. Opee (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

    Masha’Allah… its a nice one! :) I hope it remains as is and people do get some benefit out of it! :)

    But yea, even busstops on the streets of Chicago, Detroit and New York are not safe from paintsprays, but lets as a Karachite, keep it good (or even better) and make it a good norm to be followed by other cities of Pakistan.

  14. Kamran (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

    Pan ki peeth is probably the single most problematic source of dirtiness in our cities. If we can get rid of it, the city will be a much cleaner place.

    The idea to remove all the khokhas and only relegate them under shops is good. However, to improvie upon this, introduce a chewing gum which has the taste of a pan and slowly get rid of all these pan shops. After restricting the supply of pan and slowly transfer the existing pan eaters to other sources will greatly reduce not only the peeths but also for health reasons.

  15. Kashif (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 12:28 am

    I may sound as a pessimist, but this is no more than another source of revenue. Kya buses bus-stop par rukti hain? if no, then what’s the use of investing on these bus stops? other than creating more dating spots.

  16. Yousuf (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 1:32 am

    I like the idea. However, interesting is the request.."Please dont abuse it". How many people using the buses can actually read english. More importantly, would this message have any effect on those who intend to abuse it.

  17. Humayun (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 1:47 am

    Have seen this kindaa stops in London & DUbai….very good idea and I think Cantonemnt has nothing to do wid it its basically CDGK who did it !!!!!

  18. JayJay (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 5:58 am

    MS – Your suggestion will work only if Karachiites show willingness to be recruited in police. Traditionally they are thought to be reluctant to undertake physical jobs and the gaps is thus filled in from up country recruits. If there is a change of hearts among Karachiites about policing work, at least the bodybags will stay in Karachi for burial.

  19. MS (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 7:58 am

    @ JAYJAY,

    I don’t have any statistics to refute your claim; similarly you don’t have any statistics to support your claim; your statement is merely based on a "Perception" about Karachiites. Your statement could apply to certain labor work (which is mostly performed by hard-working pathans) but apart from that, most of the jobs are not that much physical.

    Could you name few of the jobs that you think a local Karachiite would not take?

    Don’t you think a local born and raised person (regardless of his ethnic background) would have stronger roots in the city and would have more sympathy, loyalty and zeal compared to the "Outsiders"?

    Even if we consider your statement valid, I think there should be jobs that should only be given to the local candidates. If local candidates don’t show any interest then open those positions to other people. This rule should be applied not only in Karachi but also in other cities and localities across Pakistan.

  20. wasiq (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 8:49 am


  21. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

    @MS – I agree, It should be like that. regardless of ethinic background, who ever is born & raised here is LOCAL and HAVE equal right to SERVE and be part of city progress. as well as a stronghead to those who wish to see this city DARK & DEAD.

  22. Mahmood Ali (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

    I am surprised that these bus stops has not turmed into a roadside Dhaba or fruit shop.

  23. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 11:41 pm

    locals got busy in bhatta khori and snatching and never thought to take back positions which are currently controlled by outsiders- Jiya Altaf bhai!

  24. AMMAR (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

    Yes Adnan, Always Jeay Altaf Bhai. Now people like you who are socrates and first graduate in any of your generations are saying this. Cheers. So the scenarious are changing and even those who have grown up in drawing rooms without seeing the outside world is saying Jeay Altaf Bhai. Thanks Adnan for finally realising the truth..

  25. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

    for Ammar:

    yeh dhuwan sa kahan se uthta hay *grin*

    GOons are now in opposition. Further destruction of Karachi is expected by "sons" of Karachi.

  26. AMMAR (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

    so whats your plan Adnan, wanna join the sons of Karachi or still live your hyprocratic life. Come on do the tauba and have a better life.

  27. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

    Ammar, why would one would like to join gang of goons who screwed karachi big time? My friend nobody has issue if you wana live in your imaginary world.

  28. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 10:02 pm

    Live & Let LIVE ! :)

    Balma rehmatulla alayh kahan hain,

  29. Balma (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 10:07 pm

    Or, la deen kum, va li ya deen.

  30. Balma (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 10:08 pm

    Or, la kum deen kum, va li ya deen.

  31. Balma (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

    Or, la kum deen kum, va li ya deen.

  32. AMMAR (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 10:49 pm

    so you mean 85% representation of Karachi is living in imaginary world. Interesting, zara halke bolo, koi sun na lay. I would not want someone saying Adnan Pagal ho gia hai. I understand friend that you have bias, natural or artifical, but if you wanna grow, come out of this bias. The world is more that what you feel. Come than yo have seen and more that what you expect.

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