The first of many..

pedestrian bridges under contruction in Karachi has finally been completed and is about to be opened to the public near Defence Market, just after Kala pul bridge.

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This initiative was taken by Clifton Cantonment board, which had started construction on about 3 of these bridges to facilitate pedestrians to cross the high speed road from FTC to Old Hino Chowrangi safely. Not only are these bridges practical.. they’re also good to look at. The only thing missing though, is the ability to transfer goods through this bridge (a feature built on the pedestrian bridges on Shahrah-e-faisal).

7 Comments so far

  1. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:30 am

    This looks good. But i am afraid that in a couple of weeks, you would see various posters plastered on its walls and maybe banners of various sorts
    hanging down from its railing. I hope time proves me wrong.


  2. mansoor (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:46 am

    Faisal: i would have requested that please be a little positive and give the people of karachi a little more credit.. but sadly, i know where that comment came from for I too am hoping time proves us wrong!


  3. striker (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 4:45 am

    this is not a polite way of reacting to your readers
    this is frist time ever i am seeing some bloger responding this way on this blog…..come on where
    are pioneers of this blog……come back guys i reading this blog for 1 and 1/2 i am missing you all


  4. mansoor (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 8:58 am

    striker: im sorry you feel that way, but in my opinion, i was quite polite, even agreed with faisals’ comment. Its a sad reality of karachi that good things to come to ruins thanks to the ever persistant ‘posters on the walls’


  5. IllusionFS (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 11:17 am

    Mansoor, I do agree that these pedestrian bridges are a great help for the public and yes they are very practical.

    But honestly, I believe they are usually ugly. I have not seen the finished one in Defence one but the rest of the ones are sheer ugly. If you look at pedestrian bridges around the world, they actually enhance the outlook of environment, whereas these ones..

    And the slopes are for the Handicapped people (wheelchair) and not for the transfer of goods.

    Regards


  6. mansoor (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:22 pm

    illusionFS: aah! i didnt even consider wheelchairs.. its not often you get to see people moving around on wheelchairs here in karachi. Thanks for pointing that out


  7. danny (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 7:30 pm

    Thats what so sad about our country — we have no laws that require offices, stores, public buildings etc to provide wheelchair access to the handicapped, as in the U.S., where it is required by law and offenders can be sent to jail.
    This just further harms the handicapped and prevents them from living otherwise normal lives. I wish our government would do something to enforce handicapped access.



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