Apathy to­wards po­lice safety


Re­pair works have been car­ried out re­cently on Karachi-Thatta Road. I am shocked to see the bad plan­ning in­volved in the con­struc­tion of the road. Once the sun set­tles, driv­ing on this road is dan­ger­ous and deadly. As soon as one crosses the Karachi toll, there is a po­lice bar­rier where stones are placed on the road some 10 me­tres away from the bar­rier, which are barely vis­i­ble at night. This was only the be­gin­ning of the death ride.

The road is con­structed such that it is a com­bi­na­tion of two-lane road and sin­gle-lane road. Mov­ing on to the two-lane road from the sin­gle­lane road or vice versa has no in­di­ca­tion or sign and is purely on the driver’s judg­ment. Many con­fused drivers do not change road and in­crease the like­li­hood of ac­ci­dents. One could see, at sev­eral places, glass shat­tered on the road which in­di­cates that there have been sev­eral ac­ci­dents on the road.

There were barely any po­lice on the road. It is known that on the road from Thatta to Hy­der­abad da­coits have been loot­ing peo­ple, and now per­haps the au­thor­i­ties are wait­ing for this ac­tiv­ity to be­gin on this road also. The same road is used by many of­fi­cials and min­is­ters, yet no at­ten­tion is paid to pub­lic safety mat­ters. —Karachi

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