What’s in it for Karachi ?

“Only the foolish learn from experience – the wise learn from the experience of others”
Romanian Proverb

First read this : A stretch of vital highway for San Francisco Bay area commuters collapsed on Sunday after a gas tanker truck crashed and ignited flames that shot more than 200 feet high.http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/04/mbapril/sfc-thumb.JPG

As there is no discussion going involving citizens, looks like EE plan will move on. So, while Karachi’s infrastructure is no match to San Francisco it would be wise to consider this story & take appropriate steps. Because if GOD forbid any such/similar incident occur in Karachi only accusations & the usual fact-finding committee will follow. Here are 5 ponder-able comments from this event that fit local environment.

1. “San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom quickly ruled out sabotage or terrorism, but said the accident showed the region’s infrastructure remains dangerously vulnerable”If San Francisco is vulnerable, what our city is ?

2. “Bay Bridge, around a half mile from the closed interchange, remained open and was accessible from another highway. A section of the bridge had collapsed in the 1989 earthquake, but was reopened 30 days later”
Do we see any such disaster management facility in our design ?

3. “Newsom said the accident was a wake-up call about vulnerability from natural and man-made disaster. “These unfortunate events are opportunities to remind people that our infrastructure is not where it needs to be,” he said. We even dont have a concept of wake-up calls
(Credit: XYZ )

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/04/mbapril/sfc2-thumb.JPG4. “Caltrans’ Kempton said the vehicle was “allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed or over the speed limit at least and went out of control.” But we know our drivers can beat anyone in this. Isn’t it ?

5.And the biggest issue everyone here is worried about: “There is no evidence of foul play,” said Mayor Newsom”
Who will ensure this at our end & what steps have been taken ? Who has been held accountable till now. Who will in future ?

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12 Comments so far

  1. OH MY GOD (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    OMG!! This happened in SF?? start an inquiry and you will find Mehran Builders behind this project :}

  2. Jogie (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

    …..well….. the issue here is that maybe our EE will be 1,000,000 times better and stronger than the San Francisco thingy. … why? well cause over there EVERYONE’s life carries equal importance, whereas here in the “land of the Pure” only VVIP lives mean anything :) …and guess what ? they do use this route, don’t they? :) … i’d say that this time around the vvip movement might prove to be a blessing in disguise, albeit one very well disguised, i must say :)
    cheerss… dont worry … be happy

  3. JayJay (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

    I think all development and construction, not just the proposed KEE, must be stopped forthwith and the funds be diverted to more development receptive cities such as Lahore and Islamabad. People in Karachi seem to be very scared of the consequences of development. I reckon all types of vehicles be banned as they can be a source of accidents and any building higher than one storey should be demolished for the fear of mishaps. Already we have plenty of death and destruction in the city without much progress, why bring more destruction in the form of progress and development. Let us turn the city into an haven for Luddites and aspire for the traquility and peace of deserts.

  4. newb3e (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 7:41 pm


    EPL trophy is coming back home along with CL gold

    Comon UTD..

    it miht happen to mqm’s bridges one day

  5. Adnan Sheikh (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 12:12 am

    yeah demolished that each and every thing that is above the ground level.. No one seems to say any thing about Lyari Expressway that has flyovers and bridge at every intersection of the city. for instance teen hatti, gulshan, sohrab goth.. It might because that expressway is not giving any problems and chaos to our educated peoples.

    We just dont want any elvated expressway on Shahra-e-faisal becasue we are assuming that they are building it for VVIP movement. Its not any one’s fault, it is in our blood. We always thinks that way… Thanks to our culture. And becasue LEW is not going through airport that is why there are no concerns for that.

    Or may be LEW project is under FWO that can give bribes to our local departments to get NOC, but that IJM and international company dont want to give bribes to get NOC.

  6. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 12:14 am

    MB continues to preach to deaf ears.

    & we have the bestest disater management service.

    “Allam Malik hai” :-))


    N3wb: Citeh could crash the party. + Chelski get bamboozeled @ Anfield first (Tuesday night/ Wed morn).

  7. wasiq (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 3:03 am

    the difference between guarantee and insurance of someone by another is that if something bad happens the former loses and the later gains from it……it is a bit confusing but iam sure that, that someone can never realize that i cannot gain anything from his misfortune or share stupidity….. and that’s the beauty of it!

  8. Alam (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 4:21 am

    Dont make it as a big sensational story. I am in Bay area, and I am at work, with no major commute problem this morning.

    If a 8,000 gallons truck overturns and melts the bridge than there is nothing u can do about it. Whats teh freq of these types of accidents? 1 in 10 years? Thats probably the chance u get killed by lightining. So take a chance, and be happy.

  9. Lies (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 9:07 am

    @MB: Stupid argument yaar! You need to progress and prosper. You can say, look this happened in SF, we need to make sure our quality is better, our workmanship higher and our project control tighter, etc. But you can’t say: Oh look, terrorists flew planes into the WTC. Lets not use planes anymore!

    @Alam, no you don’t get killed by lightening once every 10 years!

  10. Khaaksaar (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 9:19 am

    Whats in it for karachi?
    Theres a lot in it for Karachi. The unnatural beautification of Karachi, more then 100 cars are registering daily in Karachi so flyovers and underpasses are very important. Then there are those rich people who get contracts and jobs for constructions to get more richer. Don’t worry about the trees, they will import more trees for Karachi. And about collapsing of overhead bridges and flyovers, you think anyone will really care if people die, when no one cares for those who are killed and looted by decoits everyday in Karachi on streets, in homes or shops, day and night by moterbike riders or who so ever.
    The important thing to think about is, who will pay back the money, the money which other countries have given for all the ongoing and planned work. Those banks, countries which have given money have not at all given it as a donation, they do business and they want good returns.

  11. Zee (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 10:43 pm

    I live 90 miles from San Fran and go there often. I think what the Mayor is saying should be looked in the context of local politics.

    In US, the interstate highways (of which this section of road is a part of) are mostly funded by the federal govt. So by using this news to claim that our infrastructure is vulnerable, he is trying to build a case to get the federal govt. to pump more money into local infrastructure projects. I think it is pure positioning.

    Second point that he is ruling out a terrorism angle is also interesting. It is hard to believe that such a thing can be done within 24 hour with hardly any time to do investigations. But by positioning it this way, they are trying to convince that potential funding should not get diverted to security projects and (and instead be given to construct infrastructure).

  12. Adnan siddiqi (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2007 @ 11:04 am

    so many people from SF are here :-)

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