There’s nothing new about them. With roads dug up right, left and center all over the city getting stuck in a traffic jam has become an everyday nuisance. It’s commonsense to leave a great deal earlier than you normally would if you really want to get some place in time.
A very interesting and recurring deadlock is outside the Karachi University gate at Maskan every morning. 10 minutes to 9 and all the KU and IBA points get impatient to reach campus while people who have to reach offices at 9 can’t wait either. And everyone’s impatience at the critical hour ensues in a traffic jam that is the hardest to get out of.

Not one person realizes that if they let the other car pass before them, they would all be saved the trouble of getting late. The most noteworthy car in the middle of it all is a police mobile. The public servants probably don’t consider it their duty to come to the rescue. The roads only clear up when traffic policemen show up when the students are already late for class and commuters late for work.

12 Comments so far

  1. Kashif (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

    This is order of the day. Thanks CDGK

  2. mansoor (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

    kashif: how does CDGK play a role in it? The impatience is more on part of the populace than the govt. how many times have you let someone else pass you on the road lately?

    stop blaming the govt. for everything and take *some* responsibility.

  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

    Sid, commonsense and Karachiites/Karachiwalas are two terms that cannot used together in a single sentence.

  4. icedmocha (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 9:52 pm

    lol @ arsalaanz comment. hez kina rite u no lolz. ure as hell wudnt wanna be stuk in that jam. it looks preeti crazy!

  5. Kashif (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 12:03 am

    @Mansoor, Karachites are transforming into socio-maniacs and traffic jam is one reason for it. We spend hours in traffic jams per day, exposed to smoke and dust, pressure horns, foul language and what not. Most of this is due to the development activities by CDGK. I give you one small example of hasan square where, due to unnecessary flyover construction, traffic underneath is a mess. All those impatient drivers creating deadlocks, I bet 90% of them either don’t have licenses or have bribed their way through the D/L office.

  6. Ahmad (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 1:38 am

    Karachi has become too big to manage. Sindh Government, in particular, has no sense of civil planning. Punjab government is better in this case as they are developing other cities as well but in Sindh all the population inflow is towards Karachi because no other city(?) is being developed.

  7. turab (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 1:46 am

    anyone complaining about traffic go back to pind!!
    this is a city of more than 15 million!!
    Its a part of every big city, traffic jam and chaos which is feulled by uneducated and pathetic drivers..Lastly but not the least construction sites always have the worst of jams ALL OVER THE WORLD its not a new phenomenon!

    I don’t know how many times I have to say this again and again and again and again…….. stop bitchin

  8. wasiq (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 2:59 am

    ok this reminds me of three things…..

    1.the Muharrum 1428H is coming(Happy New year shaikh jee)
    2.nobody congratulated our lovebirds (you are F***i** jealous all of you…)
    3. never mind iam sober tonight.

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    kashif: Blaming construction activities does who good? Every project has made some part of the daily routine better than it was. Karachi is huge, we will have these problems, but that doesn’t mean you go around jamming up everything and become a ‘socio-maniac’ :S dont like it? take turabs advice and go back to pind! otherwise, play your part and make this a better city to live in.

  10. Kashif (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

    @mansoor: As I am born and raised here, Karachi is my pind :) I have been out of country and have seen “how” construction work is done. I don’t know how one can perform daily chores amidst this debris of development and not get directly affected. Any ideas?

  11. turab (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 1:40 am

    sabar naam ki cheez hai ke nahien… are we as khieettes really grown so freakin impatient!!

    abhi thora sabar kerlo baad mien phal meetha hoga

  12. Kashif (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

    Do you live and commute in Khi? It’s really easy to sit back and comment without facing the ground realities. People of Karachi are suffering since last couple of years and no positive result has emerged yet.

    kaun jeeta hay teri zulf k sar honay tak

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