Shahrah-e-Faisal street lights renovation

Did anyone else notice the sign at SF in front of metropole? They are doing something with street lights. Someone told me they are going to use flood lights similar to what they have at Seaview. If that happens across SF it’s going to be ultra cool.

11 Comments so far

  1. Poo poo Head (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 11:00 am

    Waste of money just for “ultra cool effect” I guess SF has street lights so why do we need to change them ?? Because elite class travels on that ??? Why don’t we put that money on basic infrastructure. We need schools/hospitals not cool effects. Sorry if I sound negative but when educated class gets excited by such things then I just get upset. Education makes us realize that this all show case effects are not gonna give us any thing, common man has needs beyond this cool super things.

  2. Maaz A. Khan (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 11:36 am

    Yes! we also need a big hospital just like Jinnah, Abbasi or Civil somewhere near Airport so not everyone has to run for the downtown.

  3. mansoor (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 11:43 am

    Poo: Im not too keen on your comments regarding the ‘upper class’ getting excited… since u seem to be making a statement that the ‘upper class’ wants extra cool stuff…

    Lets take a different approach to this ‘lighting’ issue shall v ? You mentioned infrastructure.. well, lighting IS a part of infrastructure. Secondly, a well lighted shahrah-e-faisal gives a good impression to person’s entering Karachi from abroad, and sorry if this statement irks you, most of them are the one’s who’ll be investing money here. A well lit (Rem. karachi used to be called the City of lights) city is conducive to more people investing here, meaning more jobs and a sure shot way for the people (in general) to prosper.

    Just think about it…. May be the ‘upper class’ does get excited on certain things, but that doesnt mean its not good for the country.

    Another case in point is the KPT tower to be erected in Karachi… i’ve heard countless complaints of people against it, saying KPT ‘should be investing in better things’ etc etc etc, but have you ever stopped and thought about WHO excatly would get the benefit of it apart from KPT.. ? Let me be so bold as to point out a few beneficiaries…
    1. Laborers
    2. Craftsmen
    3. Contractors
    4. Truck Drivers
    5. Hotel walas (The phatan canteen’s setup to cater to all these men)
    6. Cement Factory workers

    AND their families……

    KPT and its officials would get a Building and show off its glory, but its the ‘lower class’ here who would also get benefit out of it.

    To recap, think of the ancillary benefits as well as the direct benefits of stuff going on around you.

  4. Zag (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

    Before it was the “work being done only in defence and clifton” argument, now people are even against work being done on SF!!!! cmon now, don’t tell me that you have to have certain amount of money in your bank before you get to travel on SF!!!!!

    having said that, i don’t think it is possible to errect those floodlights on SF because it will probably blind the oncoming traffic!

  5. Tee (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 8:33 pm

    lotsa money would have to be invested, sure. but wouldnt it give Karachi a face-lift it needs? Karachi can do with a couple of ‘cool’ roads, no?
    if money is concerned then parks too would be a wastage? but i definitely think they are not! not undermining the importance of schools, hospitals etc, this is just to say that we also need some mental relief! such projects help lift the spirits of the ppl living in this city, though they might not directly affect the ppl!
    dont know wether i’ve really conveyed what i meant!

  6. sarah (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

    IF putting new lights, helps the look of Karachi then its gud !!! Updating Karachi to meet the level is not a BAD Thing !!!:D

  7. Poo poo Head (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 12:48 am

    My follow readers are being offensed by my comment to an extent that they did not concentrate on my comment. I never said that “upper class” getting excited, why would they ? they have much better things to do to get high I believe. Okay I am prejudiced against elite class so I take my statement back regarding them but I said that “educated class” getting excited upsets me.

    Your points are valid but my friends SF is still the best road of Khi and have enough good bright lights per 1st world criteria and we do not need to change them. That money could be invested some where else for sure. Regarding investors, couple of months ago I met a US citizen who was in Karachi for business and he was not very impressed even with Sheraton (The best hotel in Khi I guess ??). Karachi is not an old widow who needs a face lift, its the mother of so many homeless children, its the mother of so many children who could not go to school, so many people who could not afford hospitals or would die on roads as Cardio is too far…But if such lights could give relief to you people then go and appreciate , atleast I cannot forget the miseries of people who work 12 hours each day and still can not afford education/medicine. They are more worthy of money than spending on “Flood Lights” just for cool effects.

    I don’t know much about KPT tower so don’t wanna comment on that but if I go by Mansoor’s logic and contruct hospital instead of tower, we would have same beneficiaries , won’t we ??

    I am not going to comment any more in this thread. I just try to put second thoughts from every perspective. We are free, we have our own ideologies and choices. If we can not agree with some one but still we have rights to convey our thoughts. Happy Blogging

  8. sarah (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 4:48 am

    What are u talking about man, its just a lights, the city govt. is putting up. Where does whole educated and non educated, or upper class came here. Its just a bunch of lights, lights which bright up a bloCK of city !!! NOthing mOre !!!:D

  9. Asad (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 7:52 am

    I agree with TEE and Mansoor. There is no doubt need for better schools and hospitals but lets not stop other positive things. This is just like people teasing guys who offer namaz or have other virtues for some other bad deeds they do. You guys must have heard of ppl saying “What is the virtue of offering namaz when you date a girl so openly or many other things like that. Man give us a break. If I do a small virtue dont take away the credit from me by pointing many other bad things I do. This is not friends do. The point is let these small “unnecessary improvements” happen and you might see changes in other really important fields too.

  10. Shoaib Meenai (unregistered) on March 11th, 2006 @ 10:44 pm

    Rather late, I know, but what the heck …

    Karachi really isn’t the ‘City of Lights’ anymore: most of the roads are pitch dark at night. Even Shahrah-e-Faisal, despite being the city’s main thoroughfare, is still not lit up very well. Poo, you seem to have the impression that all people from the ‘Upper Class’, as you call it, are self-centered and only cater to their own conveniences, not to general needs. That’s not true. Yes, that money could have gone into building some school or hospital. But lighting is also essential: if you can’t see, you can’t drive. And Shahrah-e-Faisal is so wide that ordinary lights would fail to light up the service lanes, which are sometimes more crowded than the main road. Flood lights aren’t a sign of extravagance, they’re a neccessity. I’m not saying that we should put up flood lights on every street, but on very wide and busy roads, maybe they are required. Money needs to be spent on schools and hospitals, but it also needs to be spent on roads. If you can’t reach a hospital, there’s no point in building one.

  11. Poo poo Head (unregistered) on March 12th, 2006 @ 12:25 am

    Shoaib, I guess there is not as much traffic on SF in nights as compared to day timings and it had enough lights when I saw it few years ago and if those lights are still there then I guess we are okay

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