Parking in Saddar

Be it for cellphones, electronics, leather jackets, jewelry or for any other hardware requirement, we all find ourselves in Saddar more often than we’d like to. I say this because it is next to impossible to find a parking spot in the Electronics market or on Zaibunnissa Street and it unnecessarily burdens what could be a fairly convenient transaction. The lack of proper parking lots not only adds to the woes of the usual customer but exacerbates the worries of stereos or cars themselves being stolen.
The advent of the shopping mall culture has relieved most people of their parking troubles but this is yet to be seen in main downtown Saddar. I, for one, hate driving to Saddar for these reasons and would like to hear how other people get around this menace including and not limited to parking inside IBA, Atrium Mall or OMI ;)
So how do you do it?

20 Comments so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 5:46 pm

    It is very simple – Just don’t go to Saddar…..ha…ha..:-))

  2. Kashif (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

    Go by the Rikhshaw or Taxi.

  3. Dr Imran (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 6:52 pm

    even better, bus

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 7:13 pm

    pray that you get one :P

    works wonders at times!

    oh, n keep your eyes open :P

  5. Poo Poo head (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 7:14 pm

    Parking in Down Town is problem all over the world. People either go there by public transport or pay 15-35$ for a day parking. Since this amount is too much for a parking so people just do not go there and shop locally or in case they have to , they take public transport.

    Do not cry baby and get a life. I hate the people coming out and complaining over lil things.

  6. Pari (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 9:33 pm

    Hitch Hike :-)

  7. Rabayl Manzoor (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 3:46 am

    Not all of us can travel by public transport or avoid Saddar altogether. Might be easy to call it a ‘little’ thing sitting in the States but walking to Saddar from Defence isn’t an easy task. Remove the poo poo from your head and then we’ll talk.

  8. Poo Poo head (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 4:05 am

    Rabayl , I don’t know that you are a guy or a gal. If you are a guy then why can’t you travel in public transport? There are cabs/rickshaws/buses. Who has asked you to walk from Defence to Saddar but it’s good to know that you live in defence :-). If you can relate to the society where you live then you might have better life my friend. Do not tell me that you are too good to travel in public transport.
    Never again point that I am in States. That does not change any thing. Infact I had accident last week and my car is in body shop and I am not willing to pay 400$ for 3 weeks car rental. I went to Friday Prayers couple of hours ago in bus and I came back in bus.I would take trains/buses in next 3 weeks and would not complain. If you can point out why public transport is not good enough then it’s worth it of time of all of us.

  9. Shahzad (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 10:25 am

    POoo Poo Head!, come to karachi and then just go to saddar from gulshan and u will get to know wat i takes to travel in buses at karachi.

    No driving rules are being followed here. Specially, the buses are like wild creatures.

    Rabayl! y dont u get a bike ?

  10. mansoor (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 10:48 am

    get a vespa :D lolzzz!

    pph vs rabayl :D this post is startin 2 get interesting :p

  11. Poo Poo head (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 11:05 am

    Shahzad, I lived in Karachi for 23 years . I know what it takes to travel in Karachi buses. I swear there have been days when I took 10+ buses in a day but I never complained. Each place has its own unique problems. Either take them or leave the place. Don’t ever come and cry like kids. I can’t stand that attitude. When drivers don’t follow rules then you are better not to take your car on the road. Much safer that way.

    Rabayl you still owe me an answer that why would you walk to Saddar ?

  12. Sufi (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

    I go there often and always find parking. Keep trying.. ghoomatay raho gaari :P

  13. Rabayl Manzoor (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

    I’m a girl, sheesh. Biking and walking from Defence to Saddar. Yes, VERY practical. But anyhoo, I think the keep trying technique is the best.

    Why are all commenters so avidly critical of each other at KMB? Right to my opinion no?

  14. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 5:56 pm

    drive upto passport office in saddar. you will find many car washing boys waving at you,. Bargain the washing – Rs. 50 ~ 150 depending upon your attire and language you speak. and walk from that place to anywhere in the saddar area, shop around come back and drive away.

    Or – park the car in PC parking lot, take a cab work your way around then go back.

    This is what my people do who are living across the bridge.

    or Last Option — Shift to REX Centre Residential complex and Enjoy being in Mid of Town at Respectable High Class Living complex. Where it is never closed and yet you can get all public transport to anywhere 24/7


  15. Original-Faisal (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 8:19 pm

    Public transport in Karachi?

    For all of my life, I have never been in any form of public transport in Karachi or for that matter, Pakistan as a whole. And I don’t think I’d like to begin now.

  16. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    Rabayl, I give you a good solution. Go there early say 1030 or 1100 hrs; I bet you will find plenty of parking spaces easily.

    I do that whenever I go to buy DVDs from Rainbow, I park just opposite Student’s Birayni; if I go to Urdu Bazaar, I park at tyre market; if Empress Market then near Fire Station..

    I personally enjoy walking near Empress Market etc in the morning. You will see people from diff walks of life doing their things…

    Remember = Go Early…

  17. llama (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 11:14 am

    Rabayl, best advice was right above me: go early. I’m female and i drive and i find that whenever i need to go to saddar, i get there max by 11:30am and find parking. good luck.

  18. Shahzad (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

    Poo head! Now come to karachi and i u gona be in hospital for excessive Tension.

    Karachi has BIG BIG traffic probs. This is not that Karachi as of 23yrs back. EVery other turn has Traffic jam. Even When two cars come across, there is a jam.

    Yeah we dont take our car on the road and ride on the buses and waste our time n health . duh!

    U need to come here and travel before talking any further, Mr.Attitude!

  19. Poo Poo head (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 6:53 pm

    Shahzad, I could be any thing but Mr Attitude is very unfair. Ask any one here and they will tell me how humble I am.

    I said that I was in Khi for 23 years not 23 years ago by the way. I am now 28+ so do your maths please

  20. Shahzad (unregistered) on January 1st, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    Oh my BAD!
    I have just imporoved my Maths when i got in univ.

    Any ways, things have changed a lot in the times.
    Jub tak yueh bus waly theek nahi hongay, Karachi ka traffic control nahi ho sakta.
    No More traffics talks now

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