The Gizri Flyover…

So after a long hiatus where I was away from the city or generally pulling an ostrich to try to avoid the horrors of living in this city, the warrior inside me suddenly woke up today and I logged on to Metblogs to see what was going on… Surprise of surprises! I am still on the blogroll! So I think I will resume my blogging activity where I left off, in hopes that I will end up doing this city a little better by speaking about things rather then keeping to myself or hiding. So here goes…

Today’s tirade is about the Gizri flyover. This flyover has been under construction since God-knows-when…. actually since over the past two and a half years. In this meantime, CDGK started and finished about a gagillion flyovers all over the city. Whereas, the DHA and the Cantonment board… slowly and steadily… kept hammering away at their only masterpiece – the Gizri flyover.

Since it falls on my daily route, I had been wishing and hoping that it would be opened soon so it could help the bottleneck that is the Punjab-chowrangi to Altamash hospital road, and then lo and behold — it seemed like the flyover had been completed by November. However, only now did the long wait for its final opening started. Maybe the DHA was waiting for some Big Thing to come open it, however that never materialized and we kept on waiting and waiting and waiting.

Suddenly, like a nuclear bomb, there was news in DAWN one fine morning that the Sindh High Court slapped some notices on to the authrities responsible for the flyover (read the story here). The very next day, the flyover had been opened. Take THAT DHA! There seems to be still a lot of commentary going on about whether this flyover was necessary or not or whether it could have been redesigned, and lots of old hags ragging on and on about hating this flyover, however, if you are a regular user of this road and live anywhere around the DHA area, or even if you are just looking for a bypass for the punjab-chowrangi to Altamash hospital bottleneck, you would have really breathed a sigh of relief.

Going up on this flyover, I literally feel like I have left my troubles behind. All the traffic jams and nightmares seem to evaporate into oblivion as I glide my way above the congested buildings of Gizri. Below it seems like a battlefield. Still alive with noise and dust kicking up into the air. I fly over it and descend smoothly at the Saudi embassy intersection. All my traffic woes (well at least the major ones), left for posterity. This is one GOOD GOOD GOOD work done. And one which was utterly necessary. However, why is it necessary to wait so long for good things to happen from DHA?

End note:

Even though this flyover is complete and is an absolute relief in terms of traffic issues, a lot of things about it are still FAR from complete. DHA still needs to get their a$$es moving fast and finish out the levelling and carpeting of the side roads under and beneath the flyover. Those side roads still have a lot of utility with a major hardware market being located there, and its destroyed condition is really a big headache still for Gizri residents and DHA residents who pass by there everyday. Also, now there is a big chance that major traffic congestion will start occurring at the Saudi Embassy intersection. How about building an underpass there too?

15 Comments so far

  1. nabil (unregistered) on January 21st, 2010 @ 1:22 am

    nice read!

  2. بستنی (wasiq) on January 21st, 2010 @ 1:34 am

    welcome back…SwERveUT…missed ya !

    congratulations DHA,usmani associates,ZIMS,and the football fans living on the otherside….

    so it finally openned…good.ThankGod we were able to avert the Big thing…lol
    I am so glad you like it…I like it too…Its simple,straight,and saves the culture of the gizri the privileged people like you will not be forced to watch the DHA ladies shoppers covering their noses when you pass by…(oh God yeahan kitna dirt hai mama..I can’ts stand this..)

    ps:I watched the AVATAR today….Qassam sey !

  3. zapkid (unregistered) on January 21st, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    indeed its a gift to be sure for the people who passed through punjab chowrangi on their way to gizri (in fact just yesterday when i was traveling close by in a rickshaw the driver was praising it ), heard the rumors that it was pull back by the shop keepers of gizri market in fear of loosing their ROTTI-RIZQ when people wouldn’t stop by the market which in my perspective was totally the opposite as only the concern masses would take the side roads.

    PS : kash ke aik fly over punjab chorangi se altamash tak bhi ban jayee

  4. fasee (unregistered) on January 24th, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    can we view inside the balconies on the sides of the bridge.

    or will they errect a parda barrier like on bridge near khana-e-farhangi

  5. SwERveUT (swerveut) on January 26th, 2010 @ 1:43 am

    They have erected parda barrier in most places, and in process of placing on other areas as well. So no. You cannot view inside balconies.

  6. بستنی (wasiq) on January 26th, 2010 @ 1:57 am

    Oh no…did they or will they do that on the lily bridge(fj)@cantt as well Once early in the morning I thought I saw the rising sun in the window…not sure we were going too fast…it could have been the reflection in the dressing table mirror….

  7. fasee (unregistered) on January 27th, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    so…is it for the security…??
    or for ghar char dewari ka ahtaram issue…??

    or is it to stop the mindless heard we see on all roads that want to cross to the other side wihtout using the overhead bridges.

    in saudia…usualy the fences were to stop camels and sheep….here its for…lol

    man…i am glad atleast we are now gettign the previlges camels ahve in other countries

  8. بستنی (wasiq) on January 27th, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

    @fasee saab…sir with all due respect….people used to live in this city even before you had a two wheeler phatphati….now you have a four wheeler and you are building super fast super highways in the residential and commercial areas….how in the world can you expect the people from one side of the road to cross and go on the otherside….especially the very young and the very old…..recently I observed an old lady on shahrah ay quaiden coming from khuddad colony trying helplessly to cross the busy afternoon traffic….it was heartbreaking….Iam sure she remembers the time when she used to cross this road in a jiffy and never thought the day would come when it would be absolutely impossible to cross it from here without a conveyance and the rickshaw wala will ask Rs 50/- just give her a ride to the other side shaking and breaking every bone in her body….what a price to pay for a thing used to be called socialising….
    Sir if you think we are not humans just camels and sheeps then why not you round us up and load in a ship to the nearest dessert….and live happily ever after…..and please don’t tell me that chachi clinton and dada obama will stop your aid without us…because I know they think just like you…superfast rides and super cool highways…

  9. fasee (unregistered) on January 27th, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

    @ wasiq

    hold your horses sir jee…( or was it camels )

    before i tackle teh 5 % child or old lady sterotype minority ( which is a highly rare occurance on busy business areas, roads on which are the widest )

    lets talk bout 95 % majority, which is able bodies yet dumb witted….so are camels by teh way….

    you wana bet…just hold your phatphati near an overhead bridge…and count how many ABLE BODIED juhala wud run for ther lives and cross a 6-8 lane road but not use the bridge just right there.

    before my 4 wheeler phatpahti i had a 2 wheeler, and before that i had a three wheeler clean knergy bi-pedal one……and one thing i knew due to my super duper IQ, i stayed on teh footpath…and didnt run on the fast lane on my tri-cycle and moan that otehrs honk too much.

    ab yeh na kaheen ga u havent seen bicyles or 50-cc bikes wid 5 memebrs of buldging family moving on fast track and astonisgly fast 30 km per hour.

    now lets come to the 5 % minority…..the weak bodied, undefendable, reduced mobilty catagory or old or little members…..which is liek asking…why isnt there water coolers of penguins in thar desert…( dont you ask…sir there are no penguins in the deseert, maybe shabaz shafreef juniuor might have one…)

    so lil ones n old ones hardly roam around un attended in thick business areas……but some rare cases yes they do…well what can we do….?? sometimes meaintence costs for some afre higher then others….some gets a rough deal, some times its just natural….

    wid old age you cant expect them to do all that wid same speed they did 4 decades ago.

    and if you think for a 60 yr old women a six lane thoru fare wud stop to let her pass….i can calculate how much time it takes for a 60 yr plus to pass a 6-8 lane….and in that time how many cars wud have zoomed by if we had let them.

    sir..the design you are proposing wud have created a traffic nightmare more horribel than we already have in our hands.

    one thing we learn in our courses is cost effeciecy…or cost benefit to be exact.

    if a women can handle it in lets say 50-75 ruppes…wud you burn a 100,000 in terms of 1-2 mintues of petrol of all cars that it wud have affected by that clogging….and alot more in rupee terms in terms of lost production hours.

    sir kiya kareen…baniyoo ki field me reh ker “sahookaar” wali soch hu gai hai apni her cheez calculator se toltay hain

  10. بستنی (wasiq) on January 28th, 2010 @ 12:14 am

    sir sahookar wali sonch kay lian toh angreez ustaaz (british indian)kya khoob keh gaay hain…

    Barq gir jaay gee aik din aur ourdh ga ay gee bhaap
    dekhna fasee saab bachaay rekhna apney aap ko…

    it is so hard to tell if we will have a cost effective energy source to run these cars and vehicle in the next ten years….but this I can ashore you that Khala zebunnissa kay RS 50/- aap ko bahut mehngay perd hein gay…han woh aik haftey balkay maybe aglee phelee tak aap ko kosein gee
    “aai kambakhtoun kis baat ki jaldi hai…kya lighthouse ko aag laganey jaana hai.. ..”

    as for the overhead bridges ….I have seen an overhead bridge in front of gora kabrustan on faisal….the next one is at fayyaz center if you are dressed modestly (not in a power suit)in this karachi weather…and walk all the way or say from the gate of trade center….I bet you would feel dumb witted….not perspiring ..sweating profusely….try me you are always welcome….

  11. fasee (unregistered) on January 28th, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    @ wasiq

    sir jee again u are gettign worried bout water coolers for penguins in deserts…..a thing that wud never happen or just 1 to 5 % chance.

    how many timnes have you seen people in power suits running like crazy chickens on fire, dodging cars on a 8 lne hiway…??

  12. بستنی (wasiq) on January 28th, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

    sir it is not about the penguins in dessert….we in karachi have to keep a balance in understanding…and be prepared for the best in the worst…like the movie “cool runnings”
    now if I had been an accountant like you…I would have successfully tried to negotiate the % of chance so to speak…that I am not although I breath the same air….
    If I had been a lawyer…I’d love to say…your honor my fazil dost(friend) is wasting the kemati time of the court…by admitting that 5% are affectees in this case and no penguins were provided to them….delibrately….lucky for you Iam not a lawyer…although I breath the same air….
    so now I leave this issue to be judged by our mutual friend KD who have really dazzled me by surviving the real Americans….only if choose to be the judge which he is not …although he breath the same air….

    here is my plea:your honor I humbly request that pressure points should be identified which hinders the flow of traffic by desperate pedestrians and instead of erecting huge pedestrian bridges with a cost of millions of RS to the donors which are less effective than otherwise believed or projected….these pressure points should be studied very carefully like the Chinese acupuncturists and gradually taken care of….for example if a nuisance is created because many people have to cross the main road from a single instituion on the otherside of the road…wouldn’t it be wiser in the long run to either bring that institution on this side of the road or to provide the conveyance at the that nobody have to cross the road at all….all girls school should be shifted away from the main highways….all markets areas should have a 30km speed limits

  13. fasee (unregistered) on January 29th, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    scene of a paki movie

    fasee’s advocate : “melaad, sarkari wakeel baat ko ghumaa ke kees ko uljhanay ki nakaam koshish ker raha hai”

    qazi saab : aaardeer aaardeer

    wasiq: sir pls consider the conditions of penguins IF and WHEN they mirate to deserts….they wud die by drinking hot water.

    fasee: meee laaad, ye loog hamar pe jhoota iljaam lagawat hain….hum kab bolay thay kai kilometer chalna walay ko.

    hum tu bolay thaay bhai un logon ko jo bridge ke nechay kharay hotay huway bhi road cross keray hain…..per hiyaan tu maroo ghutnaa phootaay ankh wala chaker hai…..

    PS: balma cudnt join in due to his own case proceedigs going on in the adjecent court for moving aroudn with an underage partner…:D:D

  14. بستنی (wasiq) on January 29th, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    iam with balma jee 100%….;-p

  15. Omar R Quraishi (unregistered) on January 29th, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

    swerverut — could you kindly get in touch at — this is regarding a writing opportunity


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