Similar problems?

Stuck in a traffic jam in Dubai, I was thinking why it feels so different in Karachi when you are in a similar situation? I mean, in Dubai when you are out in traffic it doesn’t get that frustrating, and overall the experience is much better. And then it suddenly occured to me, among other reasons, one reason is that the roads are extremely smooth. The vehicles cruise at high speeds and the ride is bump-free. So when you are out of congestion, you resume your journey smoothly. In Karachi, most traffic jams happen because of bumpy roads.

They say Dubai is equally congested as Karachi. I see no truth in that. Karachi is worse. There are no bikes in Dubai.

22 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 2:32 am

    and no rickshaws and no polluting buses (here 1968 bus with its repainted body proudly displaying 2007 model manages to get fitness and road worthiness certificate) and the end result is that it emits more carbon monoxide alone then many industrial units…

  2. KarachiForEver (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 2:43 am

    So whats the point of the the post.We need a smooth free ride with no bumpy roads or you want to live in Dubai…..


    Yaar you should move out of the Karachi(if you are living in karachi).You have too much issues(no offence bro)

  3. DB9 (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 6:10 am

    issues needs to be highlighted and discussed so they stay on the table and can eventually be solved. However! knowing and understanding is only the first level. We must also provide solutions and recommendations.

    By the way I have been thinking solutions for the rickshaw. Does anyone know who and how many companies produce (manufacture) rickshaws in PK? What is the process if I want to buy a brand new rickshaw?

  4. MB (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 7:56 am

    why it feels so different in Karachi
    Its because of “men/women-tality”, the way we think here. And also, everyone here to show his anger & frustration(due to any other thing)all onto road,people,pedestrians etc.

    “Karachi is worse. There are no bikes in Dubai”
    You sound by-default against bike wala’s.
    bhai wo saray nawaab ke bachey hain un ka bus chaley toh sab heli khareed lain. toh kia 2050 mai aap dubara vahan ja ker kahogey ki “Karachi is worse. It has only cars. There are no cars in Dubai”
    lolzzz, kidding

  5. I A Khan (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 8:24 am

    I must admit I didn’t understand the point behind your post. Yes , dubai has much better roads. It doesn’t have any bikers ‘cutting’ you when you are trying to get home after a hard day at work. It certainly doesn’t have the rickshaws as well. While on your way back home the thought of no electricity when u reach I’m sure doesn’t even cross your mind. But well , Dubai isn’t home. Karachi is.

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 10:12 am

    i a khan: well said! very well said!!!karachi is home afterall

  7. Farhan (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 11:16 am

    Yeh Karachi hamara hai
    ise hum ne bigara hai
    is ka eek eek kona hum ne pan ki peek se sanwara hai
    yeh shehar yeh shahar hamara hai

    No matter how Karachi is , it still feels like home

  8. Farrukh Ahmed (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

    My friend, I beg to differ with you on that point.
    I’ve lived in Dubai myself and can assure you that Karachi is MUCH MUCH better in terms of traffic, despite rickshaws, bumpy roads, bikes and everything else.

    in Dubai, the average commuter spends around 2 hrs on the road, to travel a distance of 20-25kms (equal to travelling form Gulshan to Chundrigar road). this is because most people who work in Dubai live in Sharjah or closer to Sharjah.
    Even those living in Dubai take the same time proportionately.

    Secondly, even though the roads are smooth and cars are new, the amount of road stress and exhaustion that you suffer in travelling to and from office is such that you dont really wanna get out of home once you get there.

    The only plausible arguement is that the cars in Dubai are newer, more comfortable and cheap (fuel wise) so you can just sit there and enjoy your music and A/C….and not get bugged by the smoke of the neighboring bus into your face.

    I find Karachi’s traffic much better…….i’m able to do the 20 kms in less than 45 min!!!

    I love Karachi’s traffic!!

  9. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

    plus in dubai mega construction and development work is being carried out whole year around but they don’t cause misery and hardship to commuters and proper diversion plan is in place whereas here its a totally different story…

    @KarachiForEver shortcomings need to be highlighted so that improvement can be made for betterment of whole society… just closing your eyes and and pretending that every thing is just fine as it is just like the ostrich isn’t a wise thing to do …

  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

    Ardeshir Cowasjee was once asked by anchorman of local news channel to move out of Karachi if he thinks every thing is on wrong path here in the city.. and he responded WHY SHOULD I MOVE OUT.. my forefathers have been living here for ages and all i
    want is a better Karachi!

  11. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

    Hey Umar man.. Go live there for some more time say 6 months or a year then you’ll realize and say “Dubai is worse”

  12. glaxzy (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

    Dubai is worse. Karachi is still much better than Dubai in terms of traffic pace.

  13. karachiite (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

    I don’t remember ever ever getting stuck in a jam for an hourin karachi.. but here in dubai, going from one part to the other(Bur duabi-deira) u get a jam always..

  14. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 8th, 2007 @ 3:45 pm

    dubai rail is a work in progress and it’ll ease of the traffic pressure considerably .. whereas here in karachi millions have been spent on mass transit project feasibility studies in last few decades and still its nowhere in sight

  15. TURAB (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 1:40 am

    doctor please move to lahore… and maybe then u ll appreciate karachi more… jesa bhi hai apna to hai!

  16. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 1:42 am

    I think the reason is that you dont live over there, you were just visiting it for a while.
    Had it been the other way, you would have hated Dubai for it.

  17. TURAB (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 1:44 am

    more over i saw a documentary / news clip where a british guy was moving out cuz he couldn’t handle the two hour one way traffic jjam everyday (4 hours in total)

  18. KarachiForEver (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 1:59 am

    Doctor now you think you are Cowasjee lol….
    Bhai if you think is there are short commings then give the solutions..what you do is critisize on Karachi on every post.You gave the example of rickshaws and what is the solution??? of these problems..These are the only transportation which give relief to the common people..

    Another note regarding with Cowasjee what Cowasjee does is same critisize.He writes in Dawn which is always against any Government unless there is a government of Peoples Party..So please don’t quote Cowasjee again….

  19. KarachiForEver (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 2:02 am

    Yaar doctor you didn’t tell me you do live in Karachi or not….May be I am wrong but I think you don’t live in Karachi…

  20. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

    @khi dun worry am karachiite down to my DNA.. i just quoted Cowasjee coz he was confronted with similar silly comment.. its nobody’s friggin` business on whether i should live here or somewhere else.. i don’t need your stamp of approval or visa for that.. its just that instead of striving for betterment some people just like to live in their cocoon thinking that “we are the best” “we are on the top” oblivious to reality and facts..

  21. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 12:48 pm

    as for rickshaws and buses offcourse i don’t want an outright ban on them unless they’re provided with an alternate mean to continue earning their livelihood … but these polluting busses and rickshaws and are a MAJOR problem causing air pollution ,voice pollution and negatively affecting the health of average karachiite and should be dealt with sooner rather then later…

    the new cng rickshaw introduced is comparatively a better option and steps should be taken to replace all the old ones with these cng ones same goes for those old buses..

  22. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

    umer just wants the positive things in dubai implemented here , its just basic human nature when one travels to different places to make comparison with things back home on how improvement can be made and life of average citizen can be made easier … now whats wrong with that?

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