No public transport today

Now that was totally unexpected. I only found out about it when a couple of my coworkers didn’t show up at work today. The morning rush hour was as crowded as it is any other day so I didn’t notice any difference at all. So, why did they go for strike? Fuel prices? They will go up again soon. What will you do then? I told you to buy horses!

19 Comments so far

  1. Äß│Ç│ (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 12:19 pm

    Well Well Well what one can say karachi looks like without public transport, the week starts with a different tocuh.
    Its a real enjoyable journey to reach Nursary Bus stop from Bhayani Heights (Abul Hasan Ispehani Road), it took 1 hr and 45 minutes with two stations in between. Thanks to the motorcyclists who gave me lift and help me out in reaching my destination.
    Lets hope that Govt. will do some thing over this issue

  2. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    Its due to the fact that our Traffic Police is taking actions against Public Transport responsible for Pollution ( both Noise and Air ).

    The High Court has ordered to remove smoke-throwing public vehicles from the city.

  3. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

    Transporters went on strike due to the ongoing campagin by the CDGK against unfit vehicles. They are saying that they got stay order from sindh high court for 3 months to get their vehicles fit for the road but the interior minster and CDGK gave them a notice to do that in 2 week’s time, failing that there vehicles are being confiscated.

    Public transport was scarce on sunday as well but today transporters went on an abrupt strike. Rickshaws and taxis have taken advantage of the situation and increased their fare by 80%.

    It is also reported that the UTS has raised it’s fare by Rs. 2, without any formal announcement.

    Nazim Karachi will come on Geo TV today at 5.30pm, you can call at 0900-99920 or email at to complain about this mess.

  4. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 1:25 pm

    I would not call this a mess. I think that this campaign to clear Karachi roads of all smoke and noise generating vehicles is commendable. I only regret that they are not taking stricter action.

  5. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 3:19 pm

    Do we have alternates? I believe that out of 15,000 buses, coaches and wagons on the road, 60% (or more)are unfit for commuting. What if we take all of them out? Do we have alternates? With increasing fuel prices and bribe-taking police officials, how can those poor souls earn a decent living?

    These campaigns are just eyewash. Couple of months ago they started a campaign against black glases in cars, and what happened? They put few ordinary citizens behind bars for that and when they stopped Amir Liaquat Hussain, the TPO was suspended and eventually campaign ended. Bottom line is that a law should be enforced in full. If it’s made only for the public, then they would resist.

  6. wasiq (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 3:41 pm

    Success at last…?

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

    I didnt go office today but you guys tell experience about pollution leven in areas like MA Jinnah Rd or SF.It will be very nice?But i can imagine that it would be very difficult for our ghareeb awam to reach offices and other destination since such buses are cheaper than other mode of transpotation.

    I read today that UTS increased fare rates upto two ruppees?

    Transpoters are trying to blackmail local govt nothing else like they are used to do in past.
    All of them should be sent to guantanamo bay.Govt can claim that they were Al-Qaida members since its easy to say anyone AlQaida ally and send them to US.

  8. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

    4 din ki chandni hai phir wohi kali raat hai….

    shuru shuru ka josh hai phir traffic walay wapis us deo ki tarah sojaiyengay jo salo sota hai phir 1 din jaag kar apni bhook mitata hai or phir sona shuru kardeta ha

  9. back stabba (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 4:42 pm

    Lexus Cygnus (aankhou mein dil bannay wala icon)
    FYI the toyota and hondas are also imports cus they juss assemble ’em here.

  10. ABDUL (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 5:15 pm


    This should be called blind craziness/love for Cars. You just posted blindly!

  11. MB (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 5:49 pm

    Is he mentally normal ?. He posted a comment related to another post. Amazing

  12. Yoda (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

    This is a waste of time and a huge hassle for people. What is the use of all this? If you recall, there as a campaign like this a few months back regarding compulsory helmets for all motorbike drivers. What came out of that? Lots of police personnel made money by harassing already stressed, low-income motorbike riders. Some other business men made money by selling helmets to helpless drivers by charging 3 times the market value of helmets.

    When will this all stop? The problem is not with ‘not making laws’; the problem is with ‘not implementing them properly’. All this is useless without proper implementation. Each law that is passed is used by the police to flog the already crushed public with exorbitant bribes. People are already strained by steeply rising inflation, they don’t need such random stuff leashed on them from time to time.

    There are more important issues to be addressed like cheap quality education, corruption and inflation… the government should address those first… all this will follow naturally. They really have to get their priorities straightened out before spending resources, time and money on stupid laws that will have no effect 6 months down the line.

  13. Abdul (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 10:11 pm

    If they could just only correct law-enforcing agencies everything would be corrected automatically. Law is there but those responsible for implementation are corrupt!

    Food 4 though: just count how many burais would not by any more if law-enforcing agenices were actively functional (no dhwan, no pressure horen, no encroachment, no helmet-less drivers, no over-taking, no over-loading, no kundas, no bijli-chores list goes endless can u add watever u could think off here )

  14. Ovais (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 10:39 pm

    I would suggest that they should have started the action by suspending the whole vehicle fitness department and recruit better people there. It is well known that they take Rs. 500 or so every six months to give these smoke emitting vehicles fitness certificates. That would solve the issue in a few months.

    Plus, before taking action against 70% of the transporters which 80% of Karachites use every day for commutation, they should at least arrange a few hundred new CNG buses.

  15. back stabba (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 10:41 pm

    shyt!!! my bad
    stupid “cough syrup”
    wrong post in wrong section,my humble apologies to y’all……
    anyhoo keep on nagging and ignore as if im not even here

  16. Adnan (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 11:47 pm

    Well i think something is wrong here

    First the local govt should provide a better mass transport system and then go for these changes
    You just can impose these regulations when you dont have any proper alternate

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 12:41 am

    police k mazay hain,EIDI kamana k ak aur sosha haath mey agya hay,u dnt know how they are mishandling it

  18. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

    Fitness Department was shown redhanded taking bribery and clearing (from hidden cam) on GEO TV. I forgot the Program Name.

  19. shahroz (unregistered) on May 20th, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

    over nazim names haji malik muhammad waheed he not want to clean his area his uc no is 56 lahore ghazi abad

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