selective application of the law?!

Last night, while driving home from tariq road through sharah-e-faisal, i was looking over at how dull the road was looking, with just the street lights on, and every billboard being shut down.. Just as i was pondering over the pros n cons of the ‘Save electrity’ campaign in karachi, my eyes fell upon a billboard just after crossing Regent Plaza. It carries the advertisement of Standard chartered bank.. but thats not the reason it caught my eye.. the reason was that its flood lights were ON! Going a little further down the road, a second billboard (near the the hockey stadium) also had its flood lights on. The rest of the boards had their lights shut off.

Why is this selective application of the law going about here? If you have to shut down all billboard lights, shut them ALL off or none of them! What right do the owners of these two sites, in particular, have to blatantly break the law!? It really got me mad… then sad.. to see how indifferent people of this city have become to whoevers breaking the law.

P.S. any idea which authority could this be reported to? Any names/numbers would be appreciated. I plan to take a step on this and not just take it lying down. Afterall, this is my city too.

8 Comments so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on July 4th, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

    Mansoor, sorry I may have any number to forward you but the least I can tell you is that almost all of Shara-e-Faisal/ Drigh Road falls under Faisal Cantonment Board.


  2. Kumail (unregistered) on July 4th, 2006 @ 5:31 pm

    maybe the owners of those two sites are paying more to accomodate for their consumption of electricity. It shouldnt be that big a surprise to you. It is a good marketing message in my view, when the lights are out on everything else standard chatered is still on. see what i am saying?


  3. SWA (unregistered) on July 4th, 2006 @ 11:00 pm

    Way to go Mansoor! marketing or no marketing. Since its an electricity saving campagin, one thing should apply to all.


  4. Mariam (unregistered) on July 4th, 2006 @ 11:20 pm

    Maybe they are using generators ;) or owned by BIG govt. guys?


  5. mansoor (unregistered) on July 5th, 2006 @ 11:21 am

    arsalan: thanks for the headsup.

    kumail: thats not an excuse yaar!

    swa: my sentiments precisely.

    mariam: lolz! no generators were there.. i looked around for something like that.

    Update::last nite i again went through the same stretch of road, and was happy to see that the Std. Chartered billboard also had its lights off! (anyone here from std. chartered?? ;-) ). However, teh other one, carrying the ad for Rooh Afza was still lighted.. and it was the only one on my whole route.


  6. yo yo (unregistered) on July 5th, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

    Can someone tell me how can you SAVE ELECTRICITY. Electricity is not like water which can be saved in drums and dispensed when needed. Electricity is used as it is produced. Is the goverment trying to divert electricity to other places during this time. Or it wants to increase the life of the transmission equipment by using it less.


  7. Kumail (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 2:11 am

    its about the cost Yo Yo. Its whats being saved is the cost and equipment. Its evident that the city planners and management at KESC in the past were unable to anticapte the growth of demand over the years and hence there is no mechanism in place to support to these need.
    So if some one saves electricity they basically mean not straining the system producing the electricity.


  8. mansoor (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 3:09 am

    yo yo: thats what i thought so too. But, kumail is right.. if you manage not to waste electricity, then someone else might be able to use it. Which will reduce the overall requirement, and more people will get to benefit from it.

    kumail: right on!



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