ATP covers Lyari Expressway
All Things Pakistan recently covered the Lyari Expressway. The post is a detail overview with some good pictures (though not very clear) added for explanation. Its a detail account of technical info plus stats on expenditure & distance calculations as well as different issues associated with the Expressway. An excellent post by Owais Mughal. Read More

13 Comments so far

  1. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 9:52 am

    Hopefully something good comes out of this and thats the "goal". Cant wait to see a developed Pakistan.

  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 11:25 am

    Great coverage, MB Thanks for bringing it HERE.

  3. Mughni Raza (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

    Great picture!! good job MB.

  4. Reality_check (unregistered) on February 13th, 2008 @ 1:08 am

    MB Thanks for bringing this up, I know you are a guy who tries to keep a balance. We are all entitled to have our likes and dislikes and we all carry our prejudices, but the key is having the ability to see beyond that, and you are good at that.

    As for this post, it shows how govt has effectively handled this project, especially the part of re-location of more than 250,000 people, that’s a hard thing to sell if you are an elected govt.

    That said, it doesn’t mean that there have not been glaring lapses, but that’s the beauty of democracy, the incumbent and the challenger goes to the public carrying a mix platter of success and failures, and that’s why no matter how screwed up or controversial the electoral process be in the eyes of some, it should never be allowed to get de-railed.

    Great article, I hope to travel its length and breath in about 20 days.

  5. Owais Mughal (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 6:01 am

    Dear Reality_check, when you get to travel on Lyari Expressway, make sure to take some photos and also share with me your experience. e.g quality of construction, lighting, traffic police, toll-tax (if any) etc

    MB thanks for giving link to this post here.
    Owais Mughal

  6. Reality_Check (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 9:06 am

    Owais I have made a note of that, will surely share the experience.

  7. MB (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 10:00 am

    Thanks bros
    By the way i shall be doing the same, i.e taking some pics of LEW. Dont have a proper camera right now. I’ll see when i get it.

  8. libertarian (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 3:55 pm
  9. Balma (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

    I don’t think the writer of the above dawn article knows what it means by white elephant!
    As usual, I demand a ban on cousin marriages in Pakistan.

  10. Reality_check (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 12:19 am

    BALMA I agree again. I know that there are merits and demerits, upside and down side of every undertaking of this scale, but it seems that our journalist friends at DAWN are writing on such issues with an apparent prejudice, it looks more like an emotional rhetoric then an objective critic. The project could very well be 100% flawed and a failure, but the intent behind the writing seems to be to cause political damage rather than anything else.

    I pasted these links on Mansoor’s post, take a look;

    Expensive CDGK park in land-grabber’s grip

    Bagh-e-Rustom funded by family trust

    When I read the first link it looked so believable, I really felt a tinge of anger, but the subsequent apology reveals that the park has been given to Cowasjee Family by CGDK, and they are maintaining it. WOW! I wonder if it was not Cowasjee, would DAWN have apologized? They have still not rendered any apology to CDGK.

  11. Balma (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 12:39 am

    My problem is not with their political motives, it is their lack of clarity, lack of grasp on English language, ignorance of idioms and proverbial English, and so on.
    Recently, I have noticed that Dawn, News, Daily times have started using American style, proverbs, metaphores, but they have no idea what they really mean. It is the bad quality of English that I have problems with.
    I don’t know why Urdu press hasn’t been able to kick English presses butt in Paksitan.

  12. Balma (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 12:40 am

    press’, not presses

  13. Reality_check (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 12:56 am

    Count on BALMA to be the perfect linguist, but what he says is true, it seems that everything we do has become superficial i.e. superficial knowledge of language, in fact superficial knowledge of any subject we dwell upon. Gone are the days of striving for perfection. Kaam Chalao approach is prevalent every where.

    In the case of newspapers it’s the responsibility of the editorial staff to ensure quality and groom the young journalist, but what can I say ……….

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