Crisis On The Roads

I just got back home – on foot with my family – after ‘leaving’ my car about two kilometers away from my place. What seemed like a quick five minutes roaming in the lanes of the Gulshan for some left-over chores of the day turned into a two hour nightmare.

I just learned I have been lucky. A large number of people have been braving this situation since 6 PM in the evening.

The roads, even the inner lanes, are all chocked with traffic which is not moving. Public and private transport loaded with tired passengers seems to have interlocked with each other in an apparently non-reversible situation. So bad is the situation that the traffic pressure is causing the vehicles to explore new routes from between the play-grounds and deserted, unpaved lanes and inter-house spaces.

Strangely, the traffic police was absent from the roads while generally they are spotted on various signals (even the inner ones). During my two hours on the road in the jam, I could only spot ONE traffic policeman in front of the M Rab Medical Center. Needless to say, the poor guy was of no help as the situation has got real bad and everyone was on its own.

Cellular networks are repeatedly failing due to the sudden increase in the number of users in the cell sites providing coverage. A very large number cars have been parked in the ground opposite Five Star Complex in Gulshan Block 2. Families and people returning from workplaces are resting with their car doors opened. Some of the people were seen helping themselves in the mosques they found themselves stranded in front of with water, rest-rooms, ablution and Isha prayers.

Taking a panoramic view of the situation, it appears quite a big mess. Desperate vehicles are almost giving up on patience due to the long wait in the traffic jam and are generating a collective background sound which is a mix of horns, engines roar and people talking loudly. All this is being heard in a dark, black background due to the load-shedding the area is subjected to. The misery seems set to take some pretty long hours to go away.

5 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 2:25 am

    you better go back and get your car back home coz karachi is not a city where car could be left out on the street at night.. people break side window glass and steal every thing including soundsystem and speaker..

  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 2:28 am

    Mr S kindly don’t give us all headache.. Shoo off!

  3. Tamed~. (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 2:38 am

    Can’t someone block Mr S stupid comments?

  4. Xono (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    Who is Mr S? Where are his comments? I can’t see them.

  5. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 12:59 am

    @Xono, I think, they are deleted.

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