Summary of development projects

It seems like it is going to be pretty busy in Karachi for a while. This news report details the development projects planned for the city. Some of them are as follows:

Renovating 80 main arteries
12 new flyovers, including ones at Rashid Minhas road, Gulistan-e-Johar, Nagan Chowrangi and Dawood Chowrangi.
5 underpasses (you got to be kidding me!)
24 KM long Elevated Expressway
CNG buses
Parking Plazas
Inter-city bus terminals

27 Comments so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

    I just hope that none of these starts during the current monsoon season. I mean, as it is we have gots heaps of problems.


  2. pkhan (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 10:11 pm

    Jiyae Pakistan,Good work keep it going but people need to learn how to protect their infrastructures.


  3. Kashif (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 12:53 am

    What about the work that’s still pending and what about the work that has to be redone due to few inches of rain we had?


  4. abdul (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 1:44 am

    This will be great for all the unemployed civil engineers in Pakistan. May be we will have to import engineers from USA and India.

    However, I hope that these are the projects that will be built in some offical documents, and then the official papers next year will document that the monsoon damaged them, and additional money had to spent to demolish them.


  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:24 am

    bhai inse kaho k road per kachrey ko thikanay lagadey, 70% karachi waise he DEVELOPED nazar aney lagey ga. Lots of kids are getting ill after recent wave of monsoon rain.


  6. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 3:13 am

    ADNAN SIDDIQI: The reason we got garbage all over is because we, the citiez of Karachi do not care about it. Don’t tell me you have never thrown out a wrapper or a cig or bottle out of your car? TRY to make a difference yourself and THEN start to complain about kachra. Btw, do you have anything to say on topic like EVER?

    “12 new flyovers, including ones at Rashid Minhas road, Gulistan-e-Johar, Nagan Chowrangi and Dawood Chowrangi.”

    We here in Gulistan-e-Johar need ROADS to start using any fly overs! Get the freaking road build first! It’s taking tooooo long :s

    But overall, it’s a great news. I have never seen such growth and the pace of development like I am seeing now. The flyovers they are building here are a part of another signal free corridor that will start from DRIG ROAD to NAGAN CHOWRANGI. It sounds like a great project if they can complete it on time like they did before.

    I also hope that get the current pathetic busses off the streets and put the new CNG ones only. Just the way they have in Lahore. The city will look MUCH better sans these busses :D


  7. Jaad Syed (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 3:29 am

    @Zeeshan
    Well I do agree wid u about the roads of Gulistan-e-Jauhar, but it is the cantonment area and not under CDGK!

    @ Topic!!
    Well great news !
    also a great test of patience for us !!! Lets hope that the Rashid Minhas Road Corridor is done with minimum disturbance to the commutators, like the one at Sohrab Goth !!


  8. Jaad Syed (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 3:33 am

    One thing how ever Boggles me!!

    Steel structured flyovers!!!!!! ?????

    like the one at the newyork and London bridge ?!


  9. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 8:24 am

    LOL… I guess more like what they have at Nati Jeti ka pull


  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 12:31 pm


    Don’t tell me you have never thrown out a wrapper or a cig or bottle out of your car?

    *grin*

    I am not a smoker neither I drive. Yes I wouldn’t say that I never ever thrown wrapper on roads. people of my mohalla did try to make *difference* by starting different campaigns but we can’t go beyond our limits otherwise people like you would start calling us “Safai Brigade” like Lal masjid guys.

    Look you gotta admit that you would start pissing if I come to your area and ask u not to throw garbage on road. Your next reply would be, ‘Tumhe issey kia? jakar apna kaam karo”.

    p.s: my comment is relevent to the topic “Summary of Development Projects”. It’s just I was exposing a basic problem which was not handled by the govt.


  11. Kashif (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    Safai Brigade, hmmmm


  12. JAY (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    Karachi is changed BIG time and it continues. I was in Karachi for 1 week when the rains were on and i saw a totaly different karachi compared from last year. On the day of heavy rains when people at home told me not to go out and get stuck in traffic jams and rain water i thought after all this good work which is done on roads i should take this risk to see how it goes.
    I went to airport, rainbow centre, tariq road, bahadurabad, karsaz, gulshan-e-iqbal Block 13D then to Dacca sweets and Gulistan-e-johar as well towards millenium mall and dalmia.
    Not once, i faced traffic jams or accumulation of rain water on the roads. The worst i encountered was may be half of my wheel in water. And that was for few seconds where the road was old and had corner pockets to carry this water. Since i had to finish my work i drove all day and i enjoyed the ongoing rain. It was a treat !!
    Some may not agree with this but i had specifically put up the areas where i went to and i dont know how is it in other areas.
    Except the electricity issue which was a pain all the while.
    And one more thing, they have definately put up lot of trees huh ??? Or the rain gave them extra greener look :) And last but not the least, rangers were doing a good job on controlling the traffic. People do listen to them as well, not like the traffic police … poor guys.


  13. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 7:23 pm

    ADNAN SIDDIQI: Why the heck would I do that? It’s not religion, it’s not between me and God. It’s a matter of society. It’s a common problem. If you do come to my house and tell me to keep my garbage in the bin, I’d show you how I do this and how much I care about these issues. I wouldn’t mind at all! It’s one awareness our people lack BADLY!

    Just saying that people like ME would start calling people like YOU some Safai Brigade (btw, that’s a totally pathetic name, I’d come up with a good one) proves the fact that you assume to much about other people.

    Adnan, how old are you… honestly?


  14. pkhan (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

    jab imaan kharaab ho jae to yae saree bataen hoti haen, safaee nisf imaan hae( Cleanliness is half your believe). People needs to take responsibility too, as far as cleanliness goes.


  15. Balma (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

    I am all for infrastructure improvements, but how are old people suppose to cross these signal free corridors? These are not really freeways, and then people walk and live on both sides of the corridors. Plus, most people don’t have cars. People either walk around or take public transport. If someone gets off the bus, how is he or she (esp if old) suppose to cross the road. Putting overhead bridges to cross the road is not enough for old people, and they are too few to begin with.


  16. JAY (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 8:54 pm

    Good point BALMA. But i think the overhead bridges are the only solution and i saw one brought up at mashriq shopping centre. Or they should make underpasses for pedestrians lol jk.


  17. pkhan (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

    @ Balma
    There would not be any cross over bridges on these signal free corridor but will be some exit points where bus commuter or people in that area can go out of these corridors.so lets say u are comming from landhi you need to get off on airport you will take that exit point. and walking people will still be using the ground roads and passage ways.


  18. Balma (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

    ACtually, forget about old people..young people don’t want to go up the bridge either. One solution would be to have escalators for these overhead bridges. This will solve the problem for old people, and also incite young people to take the bridge rather than take the risk of being halaled by a big vehicle.

    Karachi’s weather is dry most of the time and escalators should be fine….and they can have some canopy to protect them when it rains.


  19. JAY (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 10:32 pm

    BALMA, now that’s a little over the head… putting escalators ??? why dont we wait and see what the gov plans, as far as going up on the bridge, its not a matter of choice. If it is effective and planned that way then they have to. As pkhan said about the exit points on various spots, that makes more sense.


  20. Balma (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 11:24 pm

    * Jay wrote:
    BALMA, now that’s a little over the head… putting escalators

    ***** Speaking of overhead bridges:-)
    Hey, nobody uses existing overhead bridges and everyone (including young) tries to take chance with their life crossing the streets in heavy traffic instead of climbing up the stairs.
    Put the escalators, and have companies sponsor them. If Dubai can have jaali islands, why can’t Karachi have real escalators?


  21. Jaad Syed (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 3:35 am

    yeah, have companies sponsor them !!

    but who is goin to pay for its insurance ???

    mind u ! than to our mindless rioting at every incident !! it (if exist) will be destroyed within a minute!


  22. Balma (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 9:54 pm

    Sponsoring company will be responsible for all the expenses incl insurance etc.


  23. Sohail (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

    Yes the CDGK is doing really good work by putting up overhead pedestrian bridges but most of the people don’t use them. But I think that for a city like ours where a majority of people walk or travel by public transport, the government should put escalators at key points. We spend loads of money on non-developmental expeditures then why can a few million be spent on this luxury for the poor?


  24. Sohail (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

    Yes the CDGK is doing really good work by putting up overhead pedestrian bridges but most of the people don’t use them. But I think that for a city like ours where a majority of people walk or travel by public transport, the government should put escalators at key points. We spend loads of money on non-developmental expeditures then why can’t a few million be spent on this luxury for the poor?


  25. Balma (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 1:56 am

    * We spend loads of money on non-developmental expeditures then why can’t a few million be spent on this luxury for the poor

    **** Luxury for the poor? Over head bridges are for everyone. It is not only the poor who might need them.


  26. misanthrope (unregistered) on July 10th, 2007 @ 7:42 pm

    This is ludicrous. A huge subsidy for the automobile industry, a kick in the face to the poor and a contribution to the growing environmental disaster in Karachi.

    All this money is being spent to increase traffic on the roads when the rest of the world is doing its utmost to decrease inner city road traffic. Any civilized country would be working on a public transport system that is cheap, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly.

    Instead the city will be spending Rs. 8,510,000,000 (according to the article) on something that will for the most part benefit only those class of Karachites that own cars. At the same time, the government is reducing capital tax on imported cars – so that we will have more luxury cars owned by the rich. And reducing taxes on locally produced cars so that we can have more cars to congest all these lovely new roads.


  27. silver (unregistered) on July 11th, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

    @Zeeshan Syed

    Dude you are over reacting… chill



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