Brownish Green

With this little slice of rain we’ve had the last 24 hours, all of a sudden (as always after a brief shower) I enjoy looking outside my french doors and seeing greenery.  Fresh leaves of varying shades of green, all bobbing in the light post-rain winds, add to the pleasure of this lovely smell of clean, pure earth. 

I just have one question:  What can be done to allow us this glimpse of greenery, instead of ‘brownery’ as it exists most of the year?  Are there any suggestions for solutions on how to keep our city’s vegetation clean of the dust, grime and air pollutants that keep building layers?

Your two cents please…

21 Comments so far

  1. MB (kar_munib) on January 15th, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

    Yeah well its simple solution but difficult to implement as it requires THE WILL BY THE CHOOSEN FEW to implement:

    1. Stop unplanned development of this city which has lately been turned into a slum (corporate slum that i call)
    2. Remove illegal occupations and illegal constructions and recover parks
    3. Do a BIG TIME drive for a greener karachi (the one i saw CDGK doing these days is a welcome step and should be appreciated especially on signals and roundabouts)
    4. Make people aware that this city is a ONE BIG HOME-SWEET-HOME for them, and they need to show ownership and not liter it with <i>gundagi</i>
    5. The "degree holders" are need to be convinced to become literates also and implement this above drive first. Since i can bet that these are the bigger mess first. The non degree holders should be include in second phase.

  2. fareen on January 15th, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

    These are all excellent points to better our city. What about dealing with the ‘greenery’ only? Focus only on that aspect of the ‘gundagi’ and brainstorm. I honestly believe we can do it. One section of one street at a time. Starting with the educated and affluent groups claiming a certain area in or around there immediate vicinity.

  3. psychiatrist on January 15th, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

    ear Osman Bin Zahid,

    I am an MCB visa card holder seeking help regarding a problem I am facing regarding my credit card.

    Early this year, I opened an account in MCB Bahadurabad Branch. While I was filling the forms, an employee at the bank suggested that MCB was offering credit cards and I could perhaps avail the opportunity. I asked him the details and he referred me to a colleague of his.

    My first and foremost concern was how much I would be charged for the facility. So I put the same question to that gentleman. And his reply was the credit card and all its services were free of charge. Being a medical professional with little or no experience with banking, I asked him further to elaborate. And his reply was again the same. Then I asked him, “Ok, suppose I get a twenty thousand Rupees, how much will I have to pay?” His reply was this: “you have to pay exactly twenty thousand Rupees, if you are able to pay before the due date after which an interest would be charged.” So I asked him if there are any fixed, monthly charges or any processing fees and his answer like before was a clear no. Attracted by the offer, I agreed to make a credit card.

    My credit card arrived and I was happy to keep it in my wallet. I received a letter from MCB after a couple of weeks which I put in drawer without opening it. After a month, I received a similar letter which I opened. To my sheer dismay, it said I had to pay ONE THOUSAND RUPEES. I was shocked to see it because I even hadn’t activated my credit card at that time. But the letter also said that six hundred rupees were late-fee. So I thought I would pay it in the hope that I would not get a similar problem in future.

    I activated my card the same month and for some reason I withdrew a cash of ten thousand rupees. Within three days, I went to MCB and gave them ELEVEN THOUSAND RUPEES. The manager asked me to pay a HUNDRED more as processing fee. I did so. Within a couple of weeks a yet another letter came asking me to pay ONE THOUSAND more. Five hundred out of these was due to transaction fee for the cash I had gotten. This time I really felt like I had been deceived. I called the MCB office and asked them to cancel my card as soon as possible. They said it wasn’t possible because I had to pay all my arrears prior to cancellation of the card. So I told them to at least suspend my card or do anything to stop the interest from sky rocketing. I called the office several times and one of the respondents finally told me that my problem has been documented and I would be informed about the outcome shortly.

    So far I have only been receiving the letters telling me to pay six hundred more every month. I don’t want to go to the issue of business ethics and fairness in dealing with customers. I even don’t want to discuss how much inconvenience I have faced so far. I only request one thing: please cancel my card and end this ever increasing figure of my debts. Please bring a close to this nightmare.

    I thank you in anticipation and hope a prompt response from your side.

  4. Syed Johny (johny) on January 15th, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

    penny for your thoughts :)

    3 steps!

    1) make it mandatory for citizens to have their streets cleaned of unwanted sand ! because you cannot expect govt to make local gallis crystal lean, and main arteries of city cannot remain clean unless areas around them are !

    2) plant tree and grass at any un cemented area of earth ! or have it cemented !

    3) do something about the garbage spread in the city !

  5. Syed Johny (johny) on January 15th, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

    @ Psychrist !

    Contact Statebank for the issue !

    and send the above letter to Newspapers ! like dawn and The news !

    you will be surprised to see abrupt action on it !

  6. srsierra on January 15th, 2009 @ 9:54 pm

    Fareen g,its quite an assumption to see it green rather thn wt you expressed as brown!
    i have,and everybody else should have seen people fighting on the streets and throwing litter all over the hub!
    but have you seen aome one watering plants grown by the side off the road?
    if u can spit,then what the heck cleaning the place up..afterall its about us,we are the owners of the city,or |Off| the city??

    Eienstien said if all the honey bees are removed from the earth,humans will have 3 days of life left!!

    its about the world people.
    i exactly do the thing i stated,and u people should also be looking forward to doing it

    show that u r concerned..


  7. srsierra on January 15th, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

    otherwise its the exception that proves the rule!!


  8. kabirdas on January 15th, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

    My Rs.2 bit:

    Population control. Population control. Population control.

  9. srsierra on January 15th, 2009 @ 10:53 pm

    how to be an author to met blogs?
    i m up for that!
    give me a chance

  10. بستنی (wasiq) on January 16th, 2009 @ 1:13 am

    wrong lane….allow me to narrow it down to just 360..
    all I could see from my rusty window is red flowers…a red car and my distraction in chief pink wearing scarlet…

  11. calyps on January 16th, 2009 @ 2:58 am

    CDGK should replace old buses / rickshaws with new CNG / 3 stroke ricksha

  12. human01 on January 16th, 2009 @ 10:42 am

    What can I say except…ANOKHI LADLEE KHELAN KO MANGEY CHAND!!!…..
    Now on a serious note, I don’t want to sound pessimistic but in a city of 12.9 million people with almost 3,680 heads/sq. km population density, a society where masses are pretty much struggling just to make their ends meet, where basic amenities of life are considered luxury, where clean drinking water is available to fortunate few and the ever growing need & greed of Quaid-e-Azam Green… of other green and to make people aware of environmental issues & its importance would be a real challenge. Since my childhood, I have seen countless campaigns for planting trees both by local & federal governments, but the results are yet to be seen. I think it’s a cultural issue…. ……. as a society we have become so numb and selfish (or stupid is the better word) that we don’t even realize the immediate threats that we pose to ourselves & our coming generation. I mean how difficult it is to understand that Pollution (all kinds of, especially air) is a direct cause of most of upper respiratory diseases we have these days, still we don’t want to ride bicycles, I never saw any positive fashion ever happening in this country. The morons who talk a lot are the ones who contribute equally or most of the time more to pollute the society. Guess who rides big huge cars, who uses most of the electricity, above all who sets the trend for the rest of the herd to follow. I truly believe that, if those fortunate few start setting good, healthy trends, the rest will follow.

  13. fasee on January 16th, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

    @ psychatrist.

    well buddy, being a well placed Finance professional….guess i can reply to your probelms with details.

    no offence, but my opinio on card holders like you, who dont get the details first, are like monkeys playing with razors..they are bound to get hurt one day eventually.

    but to be honest…its the banks who really cheat customers with there blah blah blah jargons that you dont understand.

    i see people sufferin with creadit card issues all around me….long live shaukat aziz for that.

    so here is the probelm.

    1) bank said they wont charge you for transactions…true…..but for what type of transactions….they didnt tell….my firend…its world over rule that they charge you after 45-60 days after transaction varying form bank to bank and card to card……..but cash withdrawls are charged form day one….every bank and card advertise that…..and oh yes….they charge an additional cash withdrawl processing fee…..its perfectly normal for them ( although absurd , but thats the industry practice)

    2) normally your legal way out is to g to banking court……i have taken UBL & CITI to court on diffrent ossacios and won……but that was a diffrent issue, i know there rules and games and can walk around them……they normally trap you in there legal issues.

    3) worst thing is…they clearly mention it in there terms and condition nd on every bill they send you…but honestly speaking…for a layman …he has hardly 10 % chance of finding it there of he looks hard.

    thats what is called a "fine print"

    so insetad of legal handling…do what most pakistanis do

    1) either pay off all that and cut the card
    2) write to newspaper and praythey write it off.

    i guess now you wud understand why every bank is jumping in cfredit card business in pakistan…becasue they see all of us as chikens to be buthcered….and the level of literacy here, they have there accoutns fiulled to the hilt wth cases like these.

    sorry bro.

    but if you want to teach them a lesson, do send me an email…..i’ll talk over it

  14. Raheel Lakhani (raheel07) on January 16th, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

    CARE, a simple word that isn’t that much popular =p

  15. بستنی (wasiq) on January 16th, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

    I am extremely sorry…moderator please insert the word Pretty in my comment.Thanks!

  16. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on January 18th, 2009 @ 12:39 am

    @Fareen: wear green glasses, simple.

    @Wasiq: Hi dude.Reading your comments after ages is as refreshing as having fresh biryani after a long time.

    So are you live from train heading to D.C or from Jamshed Town?

  17. بستنی (wasiq) on January 18th, 2009 @ 2:00 am

    @siddiki sab….chicken ya beef..?

    woh D.C waloon ko toh ticket hee pakistan kay naam pey…lol

  18. srsierra on January 18th, 2009 @ 10:44 am

    Fareen mam can I have your attention here??



  19. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on January 18th, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

    Chicken ya Brief, doesn’t matter. What’s in ‘Name’?

  20. بستنی (wasiq) on January 19th, 2009 @ 8:12 am

    days…mid week or weekend…you don’t get fresh beef everyday here in jamshedtown….

  21. enspec on January 30th, 2009 @ 12:20 am

    I believe this can turn out to be a great solution for Karachi

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