Crazy Traffic.

From Gulshan to Defense, and back. On the odometer it says I traveled 26 kilometers while the clock says I was traveling for more than 2 hours. Yes it was due to heavy traffic and whatís more; crazy drivers.

I donít understand if its slow let it be, atleast its moving, why on earth you wanna jump on the opposite lane when its not yours at the first place and ending up blocking their lane as well and creating a deadlock. Or if someone is taking a U turn (which is obvious s/he canít in one smooth go and s/he will need to reverse a little) you will place your vehicle in between, creating again, a deadlock, just because you couldnít wait 15 seconds.

No matter what part of the city you are in there are number of traffic bottlenecks all over Karachi, in every area ñ and increasing. I donít know what will happen after 5 to 10 years and will it be possible to drive in the city?

If I remember right, few months back a traffic official mentioned there are 175 new vehicles getting registered every day in Karachi. Letís assume there are more than 65 holidays in a year the number still increases 50 thousands per annum. More than 250 thousands in next 5 years and I wonder if there is a place for just 250 more?

Are the numbers so difficult to calculate? Or the officials canít see the massive change in past few years? And predict the future? Hope, someone will take it seriously and think about the alternatives and some major projects to distribute the traffic loads. Alas.

4 Comments so far

  1. Zag (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2005 @ 12:49 pm

    Well said!!! Never understood this mentality either…. you think ppl would have common sense but nooo forget about common sense, how can i let him pass, everyone’ll think i m such a loser….

  2. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2005 @ 8:41 am

    I’ll second that.

  3. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2005 @ 3:23 pm

    The one that tells you the distance is called an “odometer”. A Speedometer tells you the speed :)

  4. JonyBr (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 12:00 am

    Thank you Khurram for the correction.

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