More parking plazas needed

Karachi has a serious traffic problem. With only one artery which is the Shah Ra E Faisal running through out the city and non existant parking in the down town area of Karachi plus the parking mafia ruling the pavements has made driving anywhere and running even simple errands in the city a nightmare.

Although in the last few years many fly overs and amendments have been made to the road structure of the city one huge problem has been overlooked so far and that is parking.

Currently there is a move going on to make a huge 4 story parking plaza near bohri bazaar and another 3 story one at khadda market but this not going to be enough.

I suggest that the entire downtown area should be turned into a “no car zone” and only pedestrians walking should be allowed thus enabling office workers, businessmen and traders to go about their business in peace, rather then it taking 45 minutes to find parking and that too at the behest of the neighborhood sidewalk don who then has the leeway to throw your car whenever he wants, to be retrieved when you gingerly ask for it back, with fender benders and minor milage issues included.

27 Comments so far

  1. dilkadr on May 5th, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

    You are right,
    but I believe such plazas are more needed in Commercial Area of DHA, as there is no proper parking facilities.
    I hope other would agree with this too.

  2. saadmengal on May 5th, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

    Thats really true, i would say that parking plazas, in roads like University Road, Rashid Minhas Road and mainly the M.A Jinnah Road. Btw, i came across an interesting website =P Do visit this lol.. It increases the Transport thingy of Karachi virtually! =P Its intresting to blog about =D

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  4. SwERveUT (swerveut) on May 5th, 2009 @ 11:11 pm

    Tariq road definitely needs one. Also Empress Market area should be converted to a pedestrian only zone.

  5. بستنی (wasiq) on May 6th, 2009 @ 9:02 am

    "no car zone”….only pedestrians walking

    finally we are coming to the realization that the policy(policies) was wrong….what we needed was less cars….less flyovers/underpasses and a better mass transit system….Alas.
    let us pray for all those who lost their lives and homes for the better future of the city of Karachi.

  6. fasee on May 6th, 2009 @ 11:09 am

    @ wasiq.

    "what we needed was less cars"

    so are you saying fasee let go of his phatphati, strip his stero system and back care, and getup on a W-11 with his woofer in one shoulder and speaker in the other…all the way to II chundrigarh….??

  7. بستنی (wasiq) on May 6th, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

    @fasee sab…..sir if ten years ago….or seven years ago….or four years ago…..somebody had started the mass transit project instead of the massive flyovers… would need only ten minutes of transit and about twelve minutes walk max to reach to your desk…..honestly how much time and money are you wasting every morning….these days…?
    And here’s the quarter pounder….in two years that time and money would be doubled no matter what….Ha Ha.

  8. fasee on May 6th, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

    @ wasiq

    "And here’s the quarter pounder….in two years that time and money would be doubled no matter what….Ha Ha."

    sir considering the size of big Mac or size of the pie to say…..i dont see the construction of freeways or underpasses stoping.

    in theory , i respect your option, YES, mass transit is the best posibble solution…and if you ask me, i wud burn all those cars and make all those fat bastards walk to there offices and burn those stored flithy cholestrol…..for god sake ahlf of our population is gogin obesse……

    but till the time we reach a national conses on the issue…( which by my calculation will take another 30-40 years )….so till that time what to do….???

    shud we dont make underpasses coz its not the besdt solution….and wait for the mass transit, which our pathan bhai jaan wont let us make ever due to there loss of income…same as our pathan bhai dont let us make kala bagh dam no matter if we starve to death.

    so, atleast mustapha kamal is doing something…..making the most out of the funds and choices AVAILABLE to him, not to wait for choices that would have been best if he waited for 1 or 2 decades more…like the ugly 90s

    so, fasee being a long commited pragmatic banda…i choose to be pragmatic over being an idealist any time every time.

  9. بستنی (wasiq) on May 6th, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

    i choose to be pragmatic over being an idealist any time every time.

    @fasee sab…..sir pragmatic honay ki jahan talak baat hai….toh yeah na cheeze toh vicar of bray sey doo char haath agay hee hai….per itni optimism achchi nahein hoti…..nishwar khoroun kay haath main agar qom ki taqdeer hoti toh kya baat thi…..panch sou(500) main kala bagh dam aur doo hazar(2000) main mass transit kab ka ban giya hota…..

    Im all out of faith, this is how I feel
    Im cold and I am shamed lying naked on the floor
    Illusion never changed into something real
    Im wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn
    Youre a little late, Im already torn

  10. balma on May 7th, 2009 @ 8:16 am

    Lots of Pathan towns, even good size cities may disappear if they build Kalabagh dam. Naushehra comes to my mind.
    May be I am wrong here, but not every thing Pathans do is wrong.
    Of course, when it comes to Karachi- they should either shape up or ship out.

  11. yahudi4 on May 7th, 2009 @ 8:31 am

    Parking plaza’s is a good thing….must have many and quick…!

  12. fasee on May 8th, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

    @ balma

    Sir, although the extent of damge that might be, is debatable. But its generally accepted that YES some damage will occure.

    But for greater benefits , small sacrifices are done. Here its 50 yrs of cheap electricity, for a city of mud and bricks, then by god I wud say, just do it, NOW

    " Not all habbits of pathans are bad"

    Agreed, apart from niswar, smugling, drug trafficking, illelgal weapon, barbaric traditions, petty crimes, child sodomy, human trafficking, one track mindedness, all the rest of there habbits seems fine to me too

  13. fasee on May 8th, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

    @ wasiq

    Sir agar niswar khoron ke hath me mulk hota tu whole generation of men wud have been sold to afghanis to be used in child prostitution or sodomy to be specific.

    Best export eud have been drugs and guns, while best imports wud hav been from meat, pulses, fuel, right down to toilet papers….but oh I forgot we don’t use it by then huh…so what will they import…lota…or will they use the ones in assemblye in there toilets….

  14. balma on May 8th, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

    HAve you ever been to Naushehra? It is not just a city of mud and bricks!

  15. balma on May 8th, 2009 @ 6:44 pm

    All Pakistanis should use toilet paper before water.
    Why mess your hand?

  16. fasee on May 8th, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

    @ balma

    Sir, honestly, my all exposure of nothren region is my ayasho tours to the mountains only…..have been to peshwar for. Few hours once only….so don’t know how big this city might be

    But does that make a diffrence is this city has 100 mud n brick houses or 1 million….if on the other hand we have 100 cities nd 10,000 villages to look after.

    Besides, plz visit revolving resturant on shahrah faisal…..and see how ugly this mud n brick city karachi is……I wud recomend only go to revolving at night….as lights in the city hide the ugliness in background

  17. fasee on May 8th, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

    @ balma

    Sir, don’t know why, when I bring toilet paper to discussion, people around me see as lesser of a muslim, snobish, angrez complexan and less hygenic.

    While I wonder, HOW, I be less hygenic when I use paper and they use hand.

    And how can I be less islamic, by the argument that arabs never used it….oh gaawd, arabs didn’t had water even….so shud we use sand and bushes to clean myself to be more islamic….that wud be shit (pun intended )

  18. بستنی (wasiq) on May 9th, 2009 @ 8:29 am

    whole generation of men wud have been sold to afghanis

    @fasee sab…mubarak ho janab….saein ney sub ko kaam sey laga diya….aap bhi aik 18 wheeler bharday pey ley lo aur…dehli to kabul via wagah chalao….meri metro toh aik dam taiyar hai main toh chala….bye bye!

  19. fasee on May 10th, 2009 @ 7:44 am

    Sir aap chalaoo 18 wheeler…hum say ye 4 weeler phatphati hi sai se nai chalti…haan albata side me tyre puncture shop kholnay ka irada hai….khoob sara "keel" bichao aur kafir say dhooka de ker kamaoo….will it be hilal..??

    The transit fee for helping one kafir help another…will it be hilal

    Need a fatwa from allama balma, as wasiq can’t find fatwas in constitution, and KD is not availkable for fatwa due to hangoverz…:)

  20. بستنی (wasiq) on May 10th, 2009 @ 8:58 am

    @fasee sab….sir I cannot drive an unmotorised two wheeler….18 wheeler ka toh sawal hee paida nahein hota…….I will live near a metro or in the jungle with KD…..because I love to walk….

    sorry sir but it is halal even my american spell check has underlined it…lol

    The transit fee for helping one kafir help another…will it be hilal

    I have a friend who keeps a dollar in his pocket always…..and when somebody like you says a similar thing he shows it to him…there it is inscribed In God We Trust
    as far as the other kafirs are concerned I find sikhs to be more believing than the rest…..dehli waloun ka toh koi deen imaan hota nahein hai…chahey odhere chahey idhere…toh un sey toh americans khud hee nibut lein gay….raha sawal rest of india ka toh woh toh bhokay nangay hain dooh rupia kay lian kuch bhi karney ko taiyar ho jatey hain….pheir hum ko wohi free main karna perdh ta hai,,,,maybe issi lian abhi tak aap ka metro nahein shuru hua…..warna world bank ney toh dubai sey pehley ok kiya tha…

  21. fasee on May 11th, 2009 @ 6:40 am


    Sir, with all due respect, if mrs KD get to know ur plans of eloping and living with KD in a jungle….

    then there wud be consequences.

    As for the bhooki nation……hai qismat….unki qoum bhoki hai….hamari hakoomat bhooki hai……starved upto the level of canabilism

  22. بستنی (wasiq) on May 11th, 2009 @ 8:31 am

    Jamshedtown or Burst…!

    ok who else go for the honeymoon to the valley last chirstmas alone….?

  23. fasee on May 11th, 2009 @ 9:42 am

    Wow….going to hoonymoon in karachi…..shud we build some resorts on pahar gung…..last peacful mountain left…till ANP allows

  24. بستنی (wasiq) on May 11th, 2009 @ 10:20 am

    @fasse sab….sir aap ki hukumat toh khati jati rehti hai…aap pheir paoun perdh perdh kay ley aatey ho….uss ko koi shuock nahein hai…lol

    watching the picture in the above article….I realised how tense Mrs KD’s relatives would be on the thought of her moving here…maybe that is the reason behind the karachi unrest…is it…?
    sir Honeymoon toh ho chuka ab toh ghar bas anna hai…..woh kehtey hain na….
    makkhan ley giya panjabi ab chaach piyo sansar…..

    On a serious note:here in jamshed town we have many IB’s we can provide food and shelter to thousands of homeless till ramazan….with the help of memon philanthropist…like mithu qassai…..

  25. fasee on May 11th, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

    @ wasiq

    "makkhan ley giya panjabi ab chaach piyo sansar"

    sir wasnt the line, liek this, " makan le giya fauji, chach pee giya punjabi, bill denay ko reh giya baki ka pakistan"

    as for sawat…i guess a whole new indusrty might prop up….pehlay lo honey moon pe wahan jya kertay thay…ab apni apni motherin law ko sponser ekr ek bheja karain gay…..agay zindagi mau tu alah ke hath me hai…….

  26. بستنی (wasiq) on May 11th, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

    @fasee sab….you are absolutely right….waisey mulla kay hath main kya kya hai iss ka kuch sahi idea nahein ho raha….koi kehta hai pehchey americans hain….gold diggers….wahan mining ho gi iss lian….sub ko bhaga rahey hain…..

  27. fasee on May 12th, 2009 @ 10:26 am

    @ wasiq.

    "waisey mulla kay hath main kya kya "

    after establishing the dar-ul-aroos…..they have there hands full ( pun intentded)

    dar-ul-aroos- hijla-e-aroos aur shab-e-aroos….aur aunty aroosa tu hain hi…..

    hun mojaan ee mojaan
    shaam sawaeray hun mojaain ee mojaan

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