Bad Traffic in Karachi Claims 500 lives in 2 months

An article appeared in Dawn today that shook my nerves. How long will we continue to have bad traffic?
Wha i can infer from this that yes, there is a shortage of infrastructure, but is it as bad as our driving discipline?

500 lives in 2 months, just in Karachi is a very high statistic. This doesnt imply that a lower number is acceptable, but this is just out of the roof.

7 Comments so far

  1. riaz (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 4:48 pm

    Just a quick comment i,ve just visite Karachi in the last few months and the traffic problems are horrendous say the least.

    1. The city is to overcrowded.

    2. No rules and regulations end of the day this implies to the drivers, give ways are not to be heard of.

    3.Passengers exceeding the maximum limit per vehicle.

    4.From the pedestrians part there is no such thing as look right and look left, the feel that they have been given a god given right to cross when the have to.

    5.From from the 4 points I have mentioned above
    for an ACCIDENT to occur several things need to happen and they are those above.



  2. nocturnal (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

    This could have been worse, look at our drivers regardless of what vehicle they are driving whether thay are driving public transport, personal cars or any LGVs or HGVs, their attitude is horrible, everyone is just want to get past quickly , no one is willing to give way to others, every one is just in his/her own world, there is no respect for rules on the roads, its just like a jungle.

    There is saying that if you want to judge any nation then you must consider their road manners.

    And look at our ROAD MANNERS, where do we stand?????

  3. mansoor (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 8:16 pm

    nocturnal: we would stand very low..

    The traffic police service in karachi does have a very big role to play in this… if they’d just get off their asses in the gulshan n north side of karachi.

    In the last year.. shahrah-e-faisal was declared a ‘model road’ where even the smallest infraction, like changing a lane without the indicator would end u up paying a fine.. although it does seem unreasonable.. it does wonders for the people driving on those roads..

    Its time to employ the carrot n the stick strategy… and the people of karachi will get btter..

    just look @ signals in defence, where fining has been going on for quite sometime.. even on deserted signals, you will find ppl waiting their turn for the signal to turn green… that didnt come along on its own… but on the efforts (n fining) of the karachi traffic police.

  4. Tee (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

    just yesterday i was commenting to a friend that a time might come in the next few years when there wud definitely be a ban on purchasing more than one vehicle! that obviously was a joke on the traffic mess in the city. but nonetheless something of that sort wud become necessary – has already become necessary!
    coz of the bad state of our public transport ppl our afraid to travel in them and everyone takes out their car for even a quarter of a kilometer. and no comments on the walking culture here!
    one cannot obviously think of walking on the road whether its day or night without the fear of being robbed of cash/cell etc.
    So, the result is the increasing number of cars and given the depressed state of the city, we cant expect them to act civilised!

  5. MB (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 9:33 pm

    My post deleted ??

  6. IllusionFS (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 1:10 am

    “4.From the pedestrians part there is no such thing as look right and look left, the feel that they have been given a god given right to cross when the have to.”

    oh that pisses me off so badly I tell you. 500 in two months is alarming.

    Riaz: Musharraf has better things to do, it is the job of CDGK (City District Government Karachi).

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 11:48 am

    agree with illusionfs,its not his dutty to take care of such things.

    Well dont blame to govt only,how many of us would not hesitate to admit that we have no sense of following traffic laws?Every one tries to over take other.

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