Is my city “Neglected”?

I travel to various cities of Pakistan regularly due to my job profile. Fortunately, this is the first time I’m traveling around Pakistan, and have noticed quite a few things that lack in Karachi. To list down a few:

* Old rickshaws have been (or are being) replaced by quite, greener, CNG rickshaws.
* Roads are cleaned everyday.

* Public parks, roadside plantation is maintained properly, with benches and artwork adorning them.
* Load shedding / power cuts are far less.
* Cars as said to give better mileage on petrol / gas – they say the CNG in Karachi is diluted with air!
* People feel safer in carrying their mobile phones around – Rare cases of gun-point robbery.
* General Law & Order situation is much better.
* General hygiene much better.
* Public transport system is much more organized.

These and more things make me wonder if Karachi is the “neglected child” of the nation, or are the residents themselves responsible of ensuring that Karachi moves 2 steps backward for every step taken in the right direction?

Why do we tend to “blame” others rather than working to improve the quality of life here?

Why does our rickshaw drivers rally against a positive change, when it will improve their quality of life as well others.

Why can’t we work together to conserve energy rather than rant about KESC’s policies and burn tires.

Either this, or we are being exploited! In the end, its our city, our home, and we need to do something about it!

18 Comments so far

  1. PatExpat (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    We are in the City District Government, Provincial Government and coalition partner in Federal Government. As such we dont have to blame anyone else for the neglect except for ourselves.


  2. BitterTruth (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    An article in a newspaper also did such comparison between Lahore and Karachi about services. She described people have access to government run ambulance service as well as some rapid police force which is far more efficient than Karachi Police. Unfortunately can’t recall its publish date..Now people are sleeping on the streets due to power crisis, it seems like we are in stone age (US used to threaten us to push us in stone age now we need not to be afraid of !!)


  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

    Farrukh, I second you.

    I say, turn off all of your home/office ACs in Karachi, you will conserve a lot (though don’t know how many MWs, but still a lot) of electricity.


  4. Farrukh Ahmed (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

    @Arsalaan Haleem: now lets not get irrational here. I donot expect any such drastic steps from our nation (though other nations have proved time and again that they can go to heights of sacrifice).
    What we can atleast do is to change all our incandescent bulbs and tubelights with energy savers. Only this will reduce load sheddings by more than 50%!


  5. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

    Simply writing on KMB and assuming that awareness is being created is not sufficient at all! rather its only one step in the right direction with 99 steps yet to go!

    Realising that something is bad isn’t enuf…you need to do something abt it to bring abt improvement.

    BHAEEYOON….i have said it earlier and saying it again…..What have we, and i mean ppl frquently visting KMB, done to substantiate our diehard love for the city….

    Lets create a green club (for plantation drive)
    Lets create a social club (to discuss matters at larger scale)
    Lets create a sports club (to inculcate healthy activities)
    Lets create a educational institute for the less privelege and volunteer as teachers.
    Lets begin a cleanliness drive….DO ANYTHING ON GROUND!

    Use KMB as a platform to achieve something…DO NOT CRY ALONE…..SIT and decide what to do!


  6. Hasan Zuberi (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

    @ PATEXPAT:

    Brother its no “WE” it was never a “WE” … it is a bunch of people holding Ministries & Advisorships and filling their pockets, allocating the good for themselves or sending it to Gora-land to their leadership.

    yes youcan use the “WE” for … We are unfortunate to have this kind of representation which can twist the arms of law & regulations to keep our seats & positions.

    recent example is the roll-back of Governer on the ban of 2-stroke Rickshaws for 2 more years …. Did it happened in Punjab … NO .. they gave time and they acted.

    May Allah guide us to survive these times.


  7. axiomatic (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

    I have been travelling extensively and have seen many cities in Pakistan. I would say Karachi is by far the most neglected city, if we take into account the fact that it is economically the largest city.

    There is no emphasis on aesthetics or beautification of the city, rather, even basic amenities like water, electricity and severage are far more scarce than, say, in Lahore or Islamabad.

    Law and order is I think the worst in Karachi.

    The basic reason, I think, is that Karachi is a city nobody owns. Millions of migrants who settle here remain more loyal to the cities/towns of their origin. Most people here want to become rich using the business opportunities this city offers, without much care for the city itself. Even the original residents have not lagged behind in cashing in while paying no heed to the beauty and ‘live-ability’ of the city.

    Rulers here have always neglected progress until recently. Civic bodies here do not hesitate to put the citizens in misery while allotting amenity plots to builders. There is no concept of social responsibility.

    We have recently offered to CDGK and different Cantonment Boards in the city that we shall carry out roadside beautification to the best standards without taking any money from the government. We shall beautify a particular area and try to raise funds from the corporate sector.

    I also feel that the current government is doing a lot to improve conditions in the city. One can only hope that succeeding governments keep up this good work and do not rest until even the poorest localities are uplifted to a decent standard.


  8. Rehan ul Haq (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

    i agree with the writer but dunt u c karachi is neglected cuz it is used as political ground or ethnic ground.

    I am in sharjah but i read Pak newspaper daily i remember when the city district govt tried to check on rikshawz and smoke emmiting vehicle a political & ethnic color was given to the situation. So we can understand whose fault is it anyway.


  9. Neena (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

    Karachi is a huge city compare to others. Still if city planners know what they are doing then things can be kept under check. I guess due to its size it always attracts greedy officials to loot what is available. Now city is rule by its own they should try to keep check on there elements that destroy their city. http://www.dawn.com/2007/06/06/local1.htm

    It doesn’t look nice still calling one victim when President is friends with city’s government. Why don’t city officials go for solar or nuclear plant for energy needs? This way they will be really popular and don’t have to force people to vote

    http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/news/2005/11/69528

    About Rickshaws you just can’t take away one’s livelihood. One needs to be given alternative for such transitions. BTW MQM governor went to meet leaders after law and order crisis why can’t he bring all parties involve in transportation business and then do the deal.


  10. axiomatic (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

    I would tend to agree with the writer of article that all blame does not rest on government. I have seen people constructing their houses and spoiling the whole neighborhood in the process, blocking rain drains, throwing garbage out of windows of their cars. I think if a basic sense of hygene/cleanliness is dominant among people, it will improve the whole environment.

    Yes, ethnic, religious, lingual and other grounds have been exploited to the hilt by politicians and governments alike, to the best of their advantage. This is one of the reasons why progress stopped for over a decade in Karachi.

    I am not from Karachi but I truely believe this city can be transformed to its true status, which is by no means less than Singapore or Dubai.

    However, guard must be taken against unscrupulous practices , over-enthusiasm, short-sightedness, incompetency or a combination of these factors while making such progress.


  11. Kumail (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 12:15 am

    I agreee with those of you who said that we have to take it on ourselves to improve conditions. There onces was a remote island far in the pacific that the englishmen used to isolate some of the worst criminals. Now people immigrate to that same island, australia, because its a better option than a lot of other places. The point being that if a bunch of hardened criminals can recognize the value in maintaining a certain quality of life in a place they call home then why cant we.


  12. Jamal Panhwar (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

    Karachi has definetly been neglected and is being given the least priority moreover the whole province of SIndh is being sidlined. All oil exploration goes on in SIndh but companies are to make their offices in Islamabad & Lahore reason given is that Sindh are not secure.


  13. Talha Yousuf (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

    I’ve read all of the posts from the start and could easily think that these all are really good reasons for the said ignorance with Karachi. In fact, I’d like to quote here some extracts from previous posts of yours. Read them and you’ll find the cause.

    Post A:
    “The basic reason, I think, is that Karachi is a city nobody owns. Millions of migrants who settle here remain more loyal to the cities/towns of their origin. Most people here want to become rich using the business opportunities this city offers, without much care for the city itself. Even the original residents have not lagged behind in cashing in while paying no heed to the beauty and ‘live-ability’ of the city.”

    Post B:
    “There onces was a remote island far in the pacific that the englishmen used to isolate some of the worst criminals. Now people immigrate to that same island, australia, because its a better option than a lot of other places. The point being that if a bunch of hardened criminals can recognize the value in maintaining a certain quality of life in a place they call home then why cant we.”

    To conclude the above extracts, it can be easily said:

    “Even though criminals are common in both locations, but Australia was owned once and Karachi is not yet.”


  14. Danish Shamim (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

    I would have to blame the education system and the education level of the people.

    The environment we are in is constantly degrading, consider the metric (9th and 10th) system and its course contents. Even after 50 years of freedom, we still use the content provided by the british when they left. Our different boards (federal, sindh, punjab) arn’t evenon the same level, I had read the same english and urdu books that my mother had before me with no change, not only that the content in the books is reduced to a mere minimum. I once saw my fathers chemistry books for college, they were definetly mode advanced then what i had studied.

    we dont have courses for creativity / logic building skills. We need these basic level courses in our education system.

    Judge by yourself, after 10 years of education in metric system is that person able to perform any real world task ? now compare that with high school level from abroad.

    I believe people dont understand these things and never work as a “WE” as someone mentioned, but only think about themselves. Nobody is thinking on a broad / long term level.


  15. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 3:09 am

    @Farrukh

    you are rigt!

    one incandescent bulb uses 5 times more power! i.e if we use one engergy saver (compact fluorescent or fluorescent tubes ligt) we can save around 80% of the power which was used for the same Incandescent bulb. it would make a great difference.

    also normal window type A/C’s use much more power then a split unit!

    it’s same as the govt. aurrently making all the water courses in pakistan pakka would save more then half the water which goes waste, which is equal to many kalabagh dams!

    the govt should ban the old Inc bulb! it would save a few thousand MW worth of new power plants and also the resultant CO2 emissions!


  16. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 3:12 am

    the tube light is also an energy saver! it work on the same principal as the energy saver bulb!


  17. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 3:22 am

    sorry but i would just like to add:

    it is very important to make sure that electronic chokes (ballasts) are used with the compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) bulbs noramlly known in pakistan as energy saver bulbs.

    they come with magnetic as well as electronic ballasts (chokes).

    to get the best results it is recommended that people check this thing while getting the bulbs.


  18. asshole (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

    fuck you!



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