Through the rain…… the underpass was practically dry

I write this entry being proud of my city, which has (more or less) survived the first onslaught of rain since construction began all over the city. Im writing this only from the viewpoint of new construction. The fact that there was no power and all other problems are still very much there.

I had to go out last night, and even after 4 to 5 hours of rain, many of the roads (especially the newer ones) were still passable (as opposed to previous years, when even after 2 hours, you couldnt move your car along..). During my trip from Clifton to North Nazimabad, most of the main roads were cleared, although side roads and ‘gallis’ were very much underwater. My first thought when i saw the massive amount of rain the city had recieved was… how was the underpass? And to test it out, i actually went through it at night. Happy to report…. there was just ‘some’ water accumulated there (about half a lane was drowned) while the other lane was PRACTICALLY DRY! If people wonder why i am so pro FWO (and Army), let them know this is just ‘one’ of the reasons!

Now on to what published sources say…. My respect for the current city nazim (even with all his faults) just went up a notch after reading this news item. The nazim went on a “five-hour-long emergency visit to various localities of the city on Sunday to inspect uplift projects and arrangements for monsoon rains.” I dont remember any other ‘city official’ being this responsible. They would much rather had been ‘out of the city’ or enjoying it within their own homes.

21 Comments so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

    Guys: If anyone knows the conditions of various thoroughfare as of today then please post it here.

    Atleast we know that of the Clifton underpass.

  2. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 12:22 pm

    Well, the amount of rain by evening was nothing compared to what came at night, or in monday morning. Today most part of university road was underwater, with patch-work ripped open and sewerage water roaming on the streets. The heck with disaster management plan of the cdgk.

  3. mansoor (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

    We just received *another* dose of rain! and what a heavy dose it was!

    i dont wanna be here!! i wanna be home.. enjoying the rain :@

  4. Azad (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 12:50 pm

    Mr. Mansoor, What is FWO stand for. thank you

  5. Tee Emm (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 1:58 pm

    The clifton underpass reportedly has water touching the banners that were put on the side walls of the roof of the underpass!

  6. umar (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

    I’m hearing the clifton underpass has been shut down for being submerged in water. any confirmations?

  7. podracer (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 2:03 pm

    Azad: FWO stands for Frontier Works Organization. According to their website:

    The symbol stands for Frontier Works Organization and presently it is synonymous with the largest construction agency undertaking various types of construction work all over Pakistan However it has come a long way from its purely limited assignment for which it was created in 1966.

    They fall under the control of the Pak Army and have taken up huge contruction projects across Pakistan.

  8. podracer (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

    According to my knowledge I have heard reports that the Clifton underpass is closed. It is filled with water due to lack of proper drainage.

    Furthermore, the underpasses that were under-construction near Liaquatabad and Ghareebabad are also full of water.

    However, its a good thing that the City Government is at least “concerned” about this situation and the major roads (that have not been dug up yet) are still operational :)

  9. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 3:34 pm

    Had lunch at mcdonald’s overlooking the underpass. Clifton Underpass is completly Under Water.

    Water level has rised to the footh paths. Vehicles are coming and getting stuck on the road.

  10. TambourineMan (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

    KPT Underpass, from the pic that was just forwarded to me, seems to have anywhere between 3 to 5 feet of water. Cute.

  11. IllusionFS (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

    TambourineMan: please share it with us.

  12. mansoor (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

    Great!!! so much for happy news :@

    okay.. i take it back… the FWO sucks :p well… not entirely.. but still sucks!

  13. Saya (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 6:02 pm

    From what I drove today, Time Medico and Agha Khan road are pretty clear, but areas of Bahadurabad (which were dug up till Sharfabad) area a mess with water holes and filthy dirt everywhere.

  14. Adnan (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 7:04 pm

    can someone post pics of underpass ???

  15. YO YO (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 7:43 pm

    CANNOT believe this…millions of rupees..and no planning/implementation for such a vital thing.

  16. mansoor (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

    okay… now i post my (conspiracy theory) about the underpass…

    Yesterday, i went through it myself, and even after a lot of rain, it was okay.. which leads me to believe.. that today there was something done tot he drain system of the underpass by unscrupulous people in order to have it jammed!

    Anyone seconding my theory?? :D Im pretty sure the officials will post something very similar pretty soon

  17. Kashif (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 11:18 pm

    Mansoor: actually the road is sloped towards the underpass from teen talwar – that’s a call for disaster which was further supported by insufficient drainage mechanism.

  18. Adeel (unregistered) on July 31st, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

    The clifton underpass is 14 feet under water.

  19. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 7:09 am

    Mansoor dude , go and get some sleep. You are blind in love with army/forces and I would not blame you after going via your personal blog. when you have such free facilities available from them , any one could fell in love with them.

  20. mansoor (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    PPH: LoL :p hey.. its just a theory yaar (A).

  21. atif (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

    Impressed by the city Nazim !!??

    I was disgusted by his statement that the ” situation is under control” and that we have cleared most of the water in clifton and ii chudrigar. That’s a blatant lie.

    Just a bunch of thieves plundering away happily while the citizens suffer. And the army .. they swish away in their mercs and build mansions while the people rot..

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