Construction fever grips Karachi!

For the past month, the papers were going wild about the cement manufacturers cartel and their deliberate attepmts to keep cement prices inflated without allowing imports. Thankfully yesterday, we saw a report on the reduction of cement prices by about Rs. 50 per bag.

The papers today are filled with reports on various construction projects under planning in the city. These incluse 2 luxury hotels (one the former Subzazar property at Sharah e Faisal.

Karsaz Flyover and Hassan Square Flyover, along with the Nazimabad and Ghareebabad Flyovers are waiting to take off the ground. The city Nazim, however, has been kind enough to ask for development and creation of alternate traffic routes BEFORE the construction on these projects starts off.

With so many projects going on simultaneously, I wonder how a person, who has to pass through even two of these construction sites will be able to manage his/her time.

I just hope that sanity prevails and while in traffic bottlenecks, motorists retain their positions in their respective lanes.

On another note, We, the residents of Karachi, that all these developments will actually add to time and fuel saving for commuters, instead of just highlighting a need to cater to another bottleneck at the landing points for these projects.

9 Comments so far

  1. IllusionFS (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

    If we had a better public transport system, then it wouldnt be as big a problem as most of us have to drive/ride to our offices/institutions.
    I think its a positive thing that there is so much development going around in the city, but most of the roads/flyovers/buildings that I see in the city are architecturally vulgar, but then again something is better than nothing.

    Cement Prices: Because I know people who are involved in the import of cement, I know that the profits that local manufacturers book in the local market is extremely inappropriate. An imported bag can easily be sold for 320 Rs. per 50 Kg bag which includes excellent profits for both importers/distributors/retailers.

    It would take around 4 months for the flyovers, the constructor says.. so 4 months of ‘khuwari’


  2. IllusionFS (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

    If we had a better public transport system, then it wouldnt be as big a problem as most of us have to drive/ride to our offices/institutions.
    I think its a positive thing that there is so much development going around in the city, but most of the roads/flyovers/buildings that I see in the city are architecturally vulgar, but then again something is better than nothing.

    Cement Prices: Because I know people who are involved in the import of cement, I know that the profits that local manufacturers book in the local market is extremely inappropriate. An imported bag can easily be sold for 320 Rs. per 50 Kg bag which includes excellent profits for both importers/distributors/retailers.

    It would take around 4 months for the flyovers, the constructor says.. so 4 months of ‘khuwari’


  3. turab (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

    lite rail is the need of the hour, however it will take some time before people have a mind set of using trains for inner city travel. Road constructions are a norm for a metro city esp karachi which lacks behind. If you hate traffic move to a smaller city.

    Geo Karachi!


  4. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 2:02 pm

    We are a nation driven by hype. Our politicians and leaders create so much hype about everything that the truth often gets burried somewhere in the rubble.

    Their intentions may be right, but the city government is digging up the city as if their government is going to end in few weeks and they want to turn Karachi into a dig-istan before that. They are chopping trees, re-digging properly built roads, destroying foot-paths and pavements and not to mention pulling out utility lines and leaving them in open, all in the name of construction. In all the construction work that is in progress around the city, it has been observed that the government has failed to provide any alternatives prior to destroying the facilities that exists. Whether it be the II Chundrigar road, the new MA Jinnah road, Liaquatabad, Nazimabad or Hasan Square.

    The city is going to turn into a big, spilling, mess in days to come as the CDGK continues its insane demolition rampage.


  5. Hira (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 11:34 pm

    thing is at the end of the day any other govt (and we’ve seen plenty) has not been able to even get close to the places that this govt has dug up. at least they’re doing something.
    give it six months and then see how it goes.


  6. khanana (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 5:08 am

    Well I see it all as IMPROVEMENT, don’t you guys see how things have changed here? No wonder we need better public transport system, we don’t have choice we can’t afford every individual moving in his/her car on the road, sooner or later it will be there.
    I donno if you can recall this hype of construction is just four years old , when Naimatullah started all these projects, but earlier in my whole life in Karachi, there was no major development initiative. So new Nazim is continuing the same pace and it’s good for all of us, it will save time and will add convenience. Think about roads here how improved they are now.
    I used to dream it to be like this when I used to goto Govt Commerce College from Rashid Minhas to Sharai-e-faisal till Metropole. Rahisd Minhas was in terrible condition and all the way we used to have so many signals but now we can drive straight with less signals and stopovers. (Yeah yeah we need a traffic signal at millennium mall it takes me 15 minutes to enter into Askari 4)


  7. redsnapper (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 7:51 pm

    I’ve been hearing of light rail + circular railway for so many years. But it never gets implemented.

    Any latest news on this ?

    probability: bribes by transport mafia is way more than possible kickbacks in a big project such as a mass transit system :)


  8. Pasha (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 8:01 pm

    amid all the fanfare, it’s easy to forget the shitty side of all this.

    i spoke to my fiancee yesterday; her father, who is a Karachite now living in Toronto, is sad because they’re going to destroy the cemetery in which his mother was buried, in order to build this highway.

    hooray for progress.


  9. Salman (unregistered) on April 30th, 2006 @ 9:31 pm

    I agree that if we had a better public transport system, there would not have been so many private vehicles plying on city roads on weekdays. The average commuter pays around 10 bucks to be shoved and pushed and even to ride on footboards. Taxis are also getting worse and overpriced. Almost all black and yellow cabs are in dilapidated condition and there is no consideration for the comfort of passengers. This is utter insanity and can only be seen in countries war ravaged countries in Africa. But I think we can do a lot better in Pakistan if people start protesting against the ruthless transport mafia rather than suffering in silence.



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