signals? what signals?

for some wierd reason virtually all the signals i came across tonight on an extended drive from machs to jail chowrangi to gurumandir to nazimabad and from thereon to clifton were out of order. some were blinking red. some were blinking yellow and some were simply not blinking.

ironically, the traffic flow seemed better than normal for a saturday night which makes me wonder why we have signals at all. i’m all for signal free corridors and the like as long as the pedestrian public is taken care of.

i know that signals have lots of advantages over roundabouts. traffic lights obviously require less land than roundabouts and they can also have specific facilities for pedestrians. additionally roundabouts have an in-built priority rule, this means that in heavy traffic, movements in one direction can tend to dominate and cause excessive delays to vehicle movements in other directions. i also feel that if i were on a motorbike, i’d feel safer negotiating a turn at a traffic signal than i would be at a roundabout.

but this is for places where there is a consistently high flow of traffic. what the city government or kda or traffic police or whoever it is that plans these things needs to consider is the option of replacing signals at low to moderate traffic intersections with roundabouts. in light to medium traffic conditions, roundabouts can cause less delay to traffic movement than traffic lights. also extended delays at traffic lights have got to be contributing to higher fuel cnsumption, hazardous gas emissions and overall road rage.

whatever causes less hassle is obviously the decision to take. lower the stress level of the commuting public and enjoy the benefits of having a safer, happier, more productive populace. anyone listening?

5 Comments so far

  1. mansoor (unregistered) on September 17th, 2006 @ 2:23 am

    Xil.. probably due to keep the traffic around KEEF efficient..?

  2. Kashif (unregistered) on September 17th, 2006 @ 3:39 pm
  3. Wahidi (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 4:18 am

    Xill…u have a gud heart like Karachi’s “Silent” majority….and u want things to change….but unfortunately the admin of this city does not come up to our expectations….i doubt they would ever lissen to u or ne1 of us for that matter….
    i certainly dont know if theres a solution to all this…but i do hope that things will get more civilized InshaAllah…

  4. Kaash (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 8:34 pm

    I know this is off topic but can someone please start a topic regarding this incident, your help would be highly appreciated.

    AOA. I know you have probably heard this few hundred times about our police brutality but this has just happened to my dearest friend who I grew up and went high school with. I have just found out about this and feel so helpless and aggrevated about the whole law and order situation in Karachi. Zafar was a great guy who had nothing to do with any of the political outfits. He worked hard everyday like many other millions of Karachites. On Saturday night coming back from work, he was shot dead cold for disobeying a signal to stop by local police. A FIR has been registered against three policmen and they have been taken into custody who claim that they returned fire but no weapon was ever found by the victim. My question is why? Why would you shoot at someone like this when there are no orders? Are we living in Iraq or Afghanistan? Would these SOB’s will be brought down to justice?
    Please pray for Zafar and his family that may Allah grant him Jannat and peace to his family. Ameen.
    KARACHI: Police kill man for ignoring signal

    KARACHI: Police kill man for ignoring signal

    By Arman Sabir

    KARACHI, Sept 17: Police gunned down a man for merely ignoring their signal to stop on Tariq Road in the small hours on Sunday. Three constables were booked for killing the innocent citizen, later identified as Zafar Hameed. The constables – Alam Khan Niazi, Allah Ditta, and Javed Iqbal – were locked up in the Ferozabad police station after initial inquiry conducted by the Jamshed town police officer.

    The police officials in question claimed that the motorcycle rider opened fire at the police and they just returned the fire, which resulted in the death of Zafar Hameed. However, the police later failed to find a firearm in the possession of the victim, which disproved their claim of an exchange of fire.

    The TPO of Jamshed Town, Sultan Khwaja, who conducted the initial inquiry into the incident, said: “The deceased was absolutely innocent and not involved in any criminal case.”

    He said: “We do not want to cover up the incident as it may further aggravate the situation.”

    Contrary to the claim of the Jamshed TPO, sources said that a police picket was always led by an officer of at least the rank of assistant sub-inspector. The three lowest ranking police officials were not authorized to do snap checking on their own and the police were allegedly trying to hide some facts, they added.

    Police narrated the whole episode as saying that a man on a motorbike was signaled to stop near the Cheelwali Kothi on Tariq Road. Instead, he sped away. The police chased the motorcyclist, who tried to dodge the police, also on motorbikes. The police called reinforcement. In the meantime, the motorcyclist opened fire, which was returned. A bullet hit the suspect, who fell to the ground. The man was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. “During the initial inquiry, I came to the conclusion that Alam Khan Niazi first fired four or five shots in the air and thereafter he fired a shot at Zafar. The bullet pierced his head and he might have died on the spot”, Mr Khwaja said.

    The victim, Zafar, resident of Gulshan-i-Iqbal’s Block-4/A, was temporarily living with his mother in Gulberg. He worked for a travel agency. Sources close to his family said Zafar was preparing to get married in a couple of months, after Eid-ul-Fitr. His brother-in-law Dr Sohail was approached by the police who sought time to get the FIR registered.

    “We told him that we cannot wait. However, we have shown him the draft contents of the FIR and after his approval, we registered the case against three officials,” the Jamshed TPO said.

    Earlier on March 20, three police officials were put into a lockup following the killing of a man and his sister near Sakhi Hasan.

  5. Sailor (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

    Police Brutality –

    It is ON & OFF a case of criminal negligence by all equally involved.

    90% of the Khaki & Traffice police is on roads only for money extortion. 10% are on VIP duties for the traffic / security management.

    – However – We commoners are equally BAD when it is about STOPPING when Signalled by a COP (a good or bad thats a debatable subject).

    97% of the motorcyclist are at FAULT, and only 3% are innocent victims of what has happened to ZAFAR (MAY HE REST IN PEACE).

    Motorcyclist are the most RUDE, ARROGANT and SHAME LESS people on the streets of Karachi. Majority does not have the 100% FIT motorbikes in terms of lights, breaks, silencers and the registration papers( A reason they evade police all the time).
    ON Top of it putting on a HELMET is taken as an INSULT. They surpass the feeling of being INSECURE on such a 2 wheeler which if struck by a Stopping in motion dumper get crushed like a rag doll.

    I ride a bike myself, CG 125 and I know what curse people on a motorcars throw at us, – I wish, we bikers shall and must realise that a 2 wheeler is most economical method of communting but at the same time it is most HAZARDOUS Mode available to the man kind.

    We can save ourselves, instead of dongling in traffic and expect Others to be careful for US.

    In the end – Again, if police is bad, we are no angels either.

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