Dangerous Baluch Colony Crossing

This Baluch Colony pedestrian crossing on Shahrai Faisal is very dangerous for all pedestrians. A few years back two pedestrian bridges were constructed to cater to this crossing but were instead positioned a few hundred feet on either side of this bridge, almost not catering to this specific pedestrian traffic. Its been observed that most of the people choose to brave the mad rush across weaving their way between the fast paced oncoming traffic.

Observe the two gentlemen trying to cross the road, the first one (in white) attempted to cross initially but hung back trying to time is next sprint as soon as my vehicle crossed him, while the other guy (in shalwar kameez) seems to be taking a stroll oblivious to the oncoming traffic as if to say ‘you move out of my way‘, I sure did.


I also note that this bridge/crossing is located on a curve which almost blinds the pedestrians on the median (as well as the oncoming cars) to the danger lurking ahead. All said I dread that this is a booby trap made for accidents. Please be watchful and slow down your car as you approach this crossing

DISCLAIMER: For the KMB critics, I do not mean to be offending the pedestrian traffic but try to raise a valid issue facing the people of Karachi

20 Comments so far

  1. Raza (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

    Good post! Happens to me every freaking morning! You cannot believe people can dare cross this road with such a fast flowing traffic. And this isn’t the only spot, you’ll witness similar situations all over Sharah-e-Faisal. I don’t know what will it take for people to use the pedestrian bridges. Maybe placing even bigger grills in between the two roads will do, but people find a way. A friend of mine proudly boasted of jumping over the grill under the Shah Faisal colony bridge, and I tell you thats no easy grill to jump!


  2. Atif Abdul-Rahman (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

    u didnt seem to hav slowed down urself, doc? :-)


  3. br0ke (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

    i think this is staged….
    how else would u explain casually filming your drive back home….
    and dont get me started on the hazards of using a mobile phone while driving and that too on one of the paciest roads in karachi….


  4. Salma khan (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

    Nation needs KNEE Replacement.Like turbo Knees.


  5. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

    @Atif – I definitely did slow down but yes admittedly did not come to a crawl – I have been watchful of this menacing issue since long. I dread the day God forbid a confusion were to arise.

    @Broke – staged (lol) where do you come up with such brilliance


  6. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

    Not a psycological expert but when a person takes a risk crossing or "j walk". Either because that person is high, mentally disturbed or want to feel SUPERIOR on the street.

    Broke,
    You know it was not staged, this is a very common sight in karachi ie., j walking.


  7. mantissa (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

    What was more dangerous here – the people crossing the road or you filming them cross while you were driving? :P


  8. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

    and the driver is no better either. He sped up after spotting a crosser to take his best shot.


  9. 23You (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 5:19 pm

    Oh please – Teeth, is talking about an important and relevant issue concerning Karachi (heck all of Pakistan these J Walkers) and you all have nothing better then criticizing the effort – grow up

    For once try to stick to the ‘issue at hand’


  10. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

    @Mantissa – well thats true, Ill accept that, thank god nothing went haywire. But I share with you the issue which has bugged me since long and thought it was time to highlight it.

    @shahid.. I quote the same comment I gave to ^broke^ ‘where do you come up with such brilliance‘ ;) – Sped up!!! – I ain’t nuts ;)


  11. striker (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

    Poor guy had to write a disclaimer
    due extensive amount of criticism
    don’t worry Dr.shahab I am with you


  12. ufo (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

    somebody should fine this guy for using camera while driving and endangering other peoples lives


  13. Bozo (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

    Once a Pakistani bought a dog at a bargain price. While playing with the dog, this guy discovered that when he threw a stick in a water pond and asked the dog to bring it back. The dog walked on the surface of water and brought back the stick. The owner was so excited, he decided to show this to his friend (another countryman)

    He throws the stick and yells the dog to go get the stick. The dog, as usual, walks on the surface of water and brings back the stick. Excitingly the guy asks his friend "Did you see, this dog can walk on the surface of water". His friend, without any excited at all,said "jack a$$ this dog doesn’t even know how to swim in water"

    Either people are jealous of Teethos work or they are simply ignorants.

    Good work teetho! I can see you growing into a journalist more than a doctor. I bet your parents had you become a dentist :) or did you realize your passion after you chose to be a dentist?


  14. IUnknown (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2008 @ 12:05 am

    yeah i dont know why ppl dont know pedestrian bridges

    it was there in front of mashriq center but i have seen very few ppl using that. Most of them used to cross beneath the bridge. They have removed it from there now

    I dont know wat will u loose if u reach ur destination 2 mins late


  15. IUnknown (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2008 @ 12:06 am

    yeah i dont know why ppl dont use pedestrian bridges

    it was there in front of mashriq center but i have seen very few ppl using that. Most of them used to cross beneath the bridge. They have removed it from there now

    I dont know wat will u loose if u reach ur destination 2 mins late


  16. Wahidain (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2008 @ 1:41 am

    This problem could easily be solved if the bus stops under the bridge are moved away. there is a bus stop at awami markaz and at dunkin donuts wala signal aswell…wich in my opinion are sufficient enuff…..the shadow under the bridge makes it particularly more dangerous for the pedestrians wen u drive in from the sun!….


  17. Sarfaraz Ahmed Soomro (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2008 @ 2:04 am

    people actually are too lazy to step on those pedestrain bridges. They’ll be more useful if equipped with escalators.


  18. starkcontrast (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2008 @ 7:18 am

    @Sarfaraz Ahmed Soomro: I doubt it. We are a truly lazy nation. If we had a free chaiwala at the top and perhaps free samosas then yea, perhaps.


  19. fahmed (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

    @teeth maestro

    did u make this video while driving??

    if yes, then whats the difference btw u and those people@teeth maestro

    did u make this video while driving??

    if yes, then whats the difference btw u and those people<:))

    as far as i can tell the person who is driving has shot this video.


  20. fahmed (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2008 @ 4:24 pm

    it’s like one person smoking and telling others of its hazards.

    totally irresponsible of you. u endangered their life, which were endangered enough already due to their own actions, and yours



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