Shahrai Faisal Mayhem gets worse

Enough has already gone into discussing the mess on Shahrai-Faisal. I am quite sure this post too will fall on deaf ears.

To make matters worse for all commuters using Shahrai Fasial its gotten wotse – Today in all efforts to make Karachi’s Main Traffic artery signal free, they went a step ahead and closed off one of the signals on Nursery (the signal which allowed traffic from Block 6 PECHS to turn right onto Shahrai Faisal – mind you thats considerable traffic). Now if you god-forbid happen to come onto Shahrai Faisal from Block 6 you are forced to turn left go all the way to defence Kalapul signal make a U-Turn and head back towards the airport a good 20 minutes wasted and considerable fuel burnt.

We can now sit back and await any more surprises these stupid poeple can pull out of the hat – all actions are more like a knee jerk reaction to try and quickly solve the misplanned traffic solution. The bridges were needed but alternative routes should have been thought out long before the opening of Shahrai Qaideen Flyover. Mind you we still have to sit back and witness any VVIP movement that is bound to shut down Karachi for the entire day, protection simply to save the life of one person, and in turn let the million or so citizens go to hell.

UPDATE – Driving today morning I realized people from Nursery can take the Shahrai Qaideen bridge to Allahwala roundabout and do a U turn there. The rest of us can go to hell….

7 Comments so far

  1. Anathema (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 12:37 pm

    true./ that is what we have been dscussing since Sunday: teh absemce of a cut for about 3-4 miles!

  2. abbas halai (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 5:27 am

    err…anathema, 3-4 miles is close to between 5-7 km. that’s a bit exaggerated. from the airport to metropole is less than 14 km.

  3. Anathema (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 11:42 am

    Ah. my miscalculation then. Apologies for the misnomer.

  4. Kashif Bhutto (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 2:42 am

    I will somewhat disagree to your post.

    First rule of an efficient traffic movoment (especially on main roads like Shara-e-Faisal) is to have fewer numbers of crossings.

    Its a standard wordwide. If you missed one crossing, you will have to drive another 3-5km to find another one.

    We in Pakistan, just assume that everything will be made according to ‘MY OWN’ convenience.

    We dont even drive in lanes, the first rule of driving! then why we are complaining about these things?



  5. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 2:52 am

    Kashif – I would tend to agree with you on having a smooth flowing Highway that allows quick and effecint flow. But the problem here is they are cutting major intersection and “Hoping” all traffic will vanish – sad to say it simply builds up somewhere else. I would blame it on poor planning and to top it off public awareness before making drastic changes in the system. You wake up one day and boom the main intersection is sealed up and you wonder – What the heck !!!

    That’s simply good ‘ol Pakistan for us – I dare not come on the street on VVIP day

  6. Babar (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 6:55 am

    Just yesterday, I came across this ‘letter to the editor’ in Dawn Newspaper sent by one of its readers (S.M.H. Rizvi). I am not sure how many of you have heard of this particular suggestion before but initially it seemed like a long long shot that definetely sounded good to the ears but wasm’t perhaps practiceable. The spate of solutions offered by the contributor sound promisingly overambitious. But if taken for what it tries to offer, then it is, in certain parts, a workable option (provided that feasibility studies are properly conducted and sincerity of purpose is displayed). Pasted below is the letter I am referring to. I think feedback on this letter’s contents would be interesting to read.

    The letter sent to dawn by a reader (SMH Rizvi):

    Traffic problems

    THIS has reference to Mr S. Akhtarís letter (July 24) regarding traffic problems on Karachiís Sharea Faisal during VVIP visits. One solution offered by a Malaysian company recently was to build a long flyover on this road from the airport to some point in the city centre, as done in Malaysia, possibly up to Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road or KPT, with a few ramps, at the companyís cost at the rate of $4 million per kilometre.

    The company was sure that its entire cost and profit could be recovered within a few years from the toll, after which the structure could be transferred to the city authorities. This could then be utilized for rail mass transit on corridor 4. In such a situation, VVIP traffic could use this for quick access to and from city areas, for a short duration, during which time all traffic on it could be stopped, avoiding the problems being faced on the existing road.

    During the construction of this four-lane flyover, the two central lanes could be provided with rails for a future light rail system. After the flyover is transferred to the city, any BOT company could be invited to operate LRT at very little cost, utilizing locally fabricated vehicles and other systems, under licence, offering very low LRT fares, by cross-subsidizing the O & M cost, through toll from road vehicles, using the other lanes.

    During the last three decades, all efforts to build a mass transit system in Karachi have failed primarily due to the fact that the fares, calculated to make the project viable, were unaffordable by the majority of mass transit commuters, who are from the low-income category. This scheme offers a way to solve both the problems at no cost to the government.

    As a matter of fact, such a scheme could be utilized fruitfully on other mass transit corridors in Karachi, as also in Lahore and other cities too, while in the meantime licences and designs of LRT vehicles and systems could be obtained for fabrication in local factories.

    S.M.H. RIZVI


  7. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 1:55 pm

    The idea is in a way perfect a highway on Shahrai Faisal – far far better then mini bridges and underpasses. As noted they thought of it but probably the cost seemed a little burdensome.

    Just to put in perspective I think during the VVIP movement the city suffers a similar loss of revenue of the same magnitude for each day the VVIP plans to move around in Karachi. wasted fuel, numerous bussiness on Sh-Faisal suffering service lane blockages hence reduced customer load and most importantly the time wasted by millions of commuters who rely on Sh-Fasial for day-to-day business – $4 Million/km should seems like peanuts for the govt who seems to value the life of one VVIP far more then the economy of the country.

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