No-mans land

Crossing the road at Sh-e-Faisal is a very difficult job. Typically, it takes about 10 minutes to cross it, unless you are really willing to risk your life. A steady stream of metal and smoke passes through this very important artery of karachi carrying commuters to and from work, thanks to the efforts of creating a signal-less corridor here.

From Reagent Plaza all the way upto Tipu Sultan Road, all signals and turnings (except for Chanesar Halt) have either been bridged or closed, which creates a smooth flow of traffic between these two points. The down side about this is the thousands of people who have to cross the road each day, in order to get to and from the bus stops to their offices. The major office buildings on Sh-e-Faisal are located just past nursery, starting from Progressive Square going all the way upto Awami Markaz on both sides of the road. New developments are continously being added to make room for the budding economy which seems to have taken hold of the country.

nomansland.jpgComing back on topic, When you try to cross the road here, you usually get stuck on the ‘island’ running in in the middle of the road. Once here, the biggest of the waits start, and you cant do anything much but wait somemore… on both sides cars, bikes and busses cross at high speeds and even standing on the edge of this island is a dangerous proposition. I often feel like im in limbo when standing there for an opening…

One good side to being there, is the cool wind (though smog filled) which blows especially just during sunset.

10 Comments so far

  1. shobz (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

    tell me about it. it took me forever to cross the road at night when i had gone out to get some snacks from select. if only they had some sort of overpass or underpass for pedestrians like they have in other countries.


  2. Imran (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 7:32 pm

    they made only 2 overhead pedestrians passes … which also look crazy … whats with the big slide curve ??? if they make more passes then everything is nice … and oh yeah im always one of those in the car whooshing by and not letting pedestrians pass the road :D (sorry)


  3. icedmocha (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 7:52 pm

    @ mansoor-lolz @ the smog-filled air..that it certainly is.

    @ imran- ‘big slide curve’- awsum description!


  4. Manish (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 11:48 pm

    @Imran….the “big slide curve” or the ramp is for trolleys/wheelbarrows/wheel chairs etc….. but keepin our public in mind…we can be sure to c a few bikes n cycles too……..


  5. SWA (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 12:54 am

    I think this is a big problem that pedestrians face and people have written about it before. I dont understand why the CDGK doesnt make more pedestrian overhead bridges on the signal-free stretches of SF. I would advise frequent pedestrians of this area to write to DAWN editorial again and ask the CDGK to construct more pedestrian bridges here.


  6. billygun (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 1:19 am

    Correction:
    its Regent Plaza and not *Reagent Plaza*


  7. Imran (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 9:03 am

    @Manish: that is what i meant … :) these bikers will try to do this …


  8. ny (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 11:18 am

    We should print the picture of people with most notes. after all they own teh ruppee and have made “islamic republic of pakistan’ their “cow”!! So i propose we should start with benazir bhuttos pic followed by (now smart haired) Nawaz sharif’s picture on the currency notes !!!
    :-)


  9. ny (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 11:19 am

    We should print the picture of people who own/possess most notes. after all these are the people who own the ruppee and have made “islamic republic of pakistan’ their “cow”!! So i propose we should start with benazir bhuttos pic followed by (now smart haired) Nawaz sharif’s picture on the currency notes. And bigger denomination notes should have pictures of generals!!!
    :-)


  10. ny (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 11:26 am

    UH OH. MY BAD. MY COMMENTS ENDED UP IN THE WRONG TOPIC OF DISCUSSION. PLEASE OMIT. SORRY.



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