Underpass – Flooded

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Picture credit: Maaz A. Shamsi and Ahsan Shamim

This pic shows the state the underpass was in this morning, after which it was drained, which allowed this post to be made.

Several cars were stalled at in the area between Clifton Bridge and Teen Talwar, and it was tough making the car wade through!

14 Comments so far

  1. YO YO (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 12:13 am

    Amazing….:)


  2. mansoor (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 12:17 am

    LoL! thankgod it wasnt like this when i went through it…. :-D

    Good pic though! it should go down in history :D


  3. blah_blah (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 2:23 am

    Excellent picture!! but too bad for the planner, this picture is speaking loud of his/her talent and credibility.


  4. SWA (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 5:28 am

    OMG!


  5. Erum (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 6:03 am

    Gosh!!! thats too much water. I feel there was some drainage system built for this underpass but like most of the drainage systems in karachi, it got blocked by garbage (plastic bags etc.). Otherwise, I’m unable to justify an underpass without a drainage..


  6. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 11:36 am

    I am curious to know that would a car drown if taken into that ‘swimming pool’ or would it just float in the water.


  7. Nadir Nasir (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

    Arsalaan: Give it a try :p

    Come on man! It will definitely drown, if they start building cars that can flow on water, we would be thinking of taking our cars into the sea to have a looooooooong ‘float’!

    ~~ Does anybody have any update of the KARSAS and Nazimabad? Good to have an image of that too.!

    Do Guys remember the big signsboards saying “FWO AT WORK” from the Submarine Chawk (Punjab Chawrangi) till boat basin. I remeber the pride of FWO when they were beuilding the roads and the underpass. But Alaas!

    true to say ‘kiyay karai pe paani phir giya’ :p


  8. Nadir Nasir (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    Arsalaan: Give it a try :p

    Come on man! It will definitely drown, if they start building cars that can flow on water, we would be thinking of taking our cars into the sea to have a looooooooong ‘float’!

    ~~ Does anybody have any update of the KARSAS and Nazimabad? Good to have an image of that too.!

    Do Guys remember the big signsboards saying “FWO AT WORK” from the Submarine Chawk (Punjab Chawrangi) till boat basin. I remeber the pride of FWO when they were beuilding the roads and the underpass. But Alaas!

    true to say ‘kiyay karai pe paani phir giya’ :p


  9. Nadir Nasir (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

    Arsalaan: Give it a try :p

    Come on man! It will definitely drown, if they start building cars that can flow on water, we would be thinking of taking our cars into the sea to have a looooooooong ‘float’!

    ~~ Does anybody have any update of the KARSAS and Nazimabad? Good to have an image of that too.!

    Do Guys remember the big signsboards saying “FWO AT WORK” from the Submarine Chawk (Punjab Chawrangi) till boat basin. I remeber the pride of FWO when they were beuilding the roads and the underpass. But Alaas!

    true to say ‘kiyay karai pe paani phir giya’ :p


  10. Nadir Nasir (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

    Arsalaan: Give it a try :p

    Come on man! It will definitely drown, if they start building cars that can flow on water, we would be thinking of taking our cars into the sea to have a looooooooong ‘float’!

    ~~ Does anybody have any update of the KARSAS and Nazimabad? Good to have an image of that too.!

    Do Guys remember the big signsboards saying “FWO AT WORK” from the Submarine Chawk (Punjab Chawrangi) till boat basin. I remeber the pride of FWO when they were beuilding the roads and the underpass. But Alaas!

    true to say ‘kiyay karai pe paani phir giya’ :p


  11. Ahsan Shamim (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

    This was Karachi’s joke of the day:

    It has been decided on saturday morning to build 4 mini DAMS in Karachi. The locations are, Aghas Dam at Schon circle clifton, Nazimabad Dam, Ghareebabad Dam and Sohrab Goth Dam. It will generate 420 mw additional electricity for further loadshedding in the city of lights.-:)

    Yeah, you dont need a great sense of humor like mine to laugh on this one.


  12. Alz (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

    Look at the bright side ..CDGK give us something to laugh at !!! and for your worries ..Karachi is gifted with rain once every two years anyway :)


  13. Saya (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 6:45 pm

    aWSome PICTURE :)
    although sad to see such a fiesta


  14. Omar R. Quraishi (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 7:19 pm

    We wrote an editorial on this in The News, August 2, 2006

    Venice of the east?

    Some politicians and ‘leaders’ in the past — obviously quite mistakenly — have tried to compare Karachi with Venice. Perhaps they were going a bit overboard, indulging in hyperbole and making grandiose statements, but then that is what politicians anywhere do. However much one would have liked to laugh off such a comparison these days it may well ring true. Of course, this is not being said by way of a compliment, but rather that those living in many parts of the country’s commercial and business capital would actually find a gondola of considerable use — especially if they happen to be travelling through the city’s much-hyped KPT underpass. The 550-metres-long underpass was opened for public use in October 2005 and seems to have died a death by drowning on July 31 when the trench drains at its bottom, which were installed to collect any accumulated water and drain it away, refused to work. Whatever the reasons — they may have been clogged or maybe the rainwater was too much — by the afternoon of July 31, the underpass was covered with water that must have been at least three metres deep. Lest the KPT (or its parent ministry of ports and shipping), which commissioned the underpass, or the Frontier Works Organisation, which built it, accuse us of exaggerating things, photographs published the day after are documentary proof of the fact that the underpass was flooded practically till its higher road-level entrance. The authorities may have deployed fire tenders and other equipment to pump out the water but even this was characterised by bad planning and mismanagement because the water that was being pumped out was being diverted to the ground-level side-streets and not to any drain.

    The sorry fact of the matter is that this government — different in this from no other before it — is good at spending taxpayers’ money on grandiose schemes but the projects tend to be more often than not poorly planned, badly designed and/or shoddily constructed. So many times one has read of reports — and this is not specific to Karachi alone — of a brand new stretch of highway breaking into potholes or its surface becoming damaged after a few months or even weeks of use. The KPT underpass, on which a sum of Rs170 million was spent (the organisation spent an even higher Rs225 million on the ‘world’s second-highest water-jet fountain’), suffers from some basic design flaws, as pointed out by an architect recently in a newspaper and had these been taken care of it is possible that the flooding would not have happened. But then, most regrettably, such things are not usually considered when government projects, especially those related to infrastructure, are carried out and constructed.

    As all this went on, Karachi’s nazim has, for the second day running, made a statement that he should not have. He continued to say that things were under control (they were most certainly not) and that the pumps were functioning (where were these pumps?). As for the underpass, it remains to be seen if it will shape up in the coming days. As a measure, again, of the way the government tends to do (or not do) things, when the minister for ports and shipping inaugurated it last October, he had said that some matters like the tiling of the walls were still left. On a side-note, one would like to inform the minister that the tiling is still not done. Will any heads rolls to account for the terrible design of the underpass and for building a drainage system that basically did not work? Or is everything going to be hunky-dory once the water is drained out? Such things will make one laugh the next time the governor of Sindh loudly proclaims that Karachi is the destination of choice for foreign investors. Clearly, the federal government needs to re-examine its policy of awarding all such large contracts to the FWO without any competitive bidding since competition would bring in a variety of construction firms with wider experience and allow the government to choose rather than, as things stand now, be dependent exclusively on the FWO.

    Posted by: Omar R. Quraishi at August 2, 2006 04:46 PM



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