Rain Again

The rain that hit us today later in the day was massive – at least to the extent that I witnessed in the surroundings of Hasan Square, Gulshan and Johar. With the memories of the last rain lash still fresh, people were seen running around in anticipation of the second such wave but the speed of the nature was far more than those of the mortals on the ground. Within minutes, everything went back to a deep chaos.

Driving back to home, I noted that while the recently built newer main roads might have done better this time compared to last season, the tragedy was doubled in the inner alleys of residential areas. As the local government re-carpeted the roads and erected new mid-road islands, a number of changes were made in the structure of the roads. Most prominent among these were the elimination of frequent cuts on the islands that otherwise created numerous U turns that in turn created traffic jams. The lower number of such U turns made the traffic take longer runs but allowed it to run more smoothly.

However, todays rain exposed this new problem. In the absence of a proper drainage system in the residential area, the newly built roads and long islands that separate the two tracks without any cuts turned the areas into small pools.

As the electricity restored a few minutes ago, and I type this post off, I can watch people walking to their waists in the water accumulated in our lane. Another day, another mega-city issue!

53 Comments so far

  1. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 9:30 pm

    Karachi’ite mesmerizing the US viewers..

    Kashif Memon rocks!!


  2. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 2:05 am

    ADNAN: Yup, that’s what I quoted in one of my comments earlier. It’s funny how you remember me saying that but do not remember that I was telling you guys a little story and that these very words came from someone else’ mouth. But that does not mean that I do not agree with it.

  3. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 2:10 am

    BitterTruth: I’ll ask you the same question when Benazir comes back or when Nawaz or worse MULLAS take over the country. You’ll see how much love these people have for our beloved city Karachi :D

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