Karchi roads — A story of mis­ery

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

A wildlife of­fi­cial shows one of 148 black Scor­pi­ons that were be­ing smug­gled to Hong Kong.—PO photo

AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—The bro­ken roads, sling­ing of over­flow­ing sew­er­age wa­ter by mov­ing traf­fic has be­come a com­mon view all over the city mak­ing the life mis­er­able of the cit­i­zens. It may be noted that from Karachi Uni­ver­sity to Malir Cantt road is in highly bad shape and at some places there is metal road for over ten years, from Lucky Star to Main in sad­dar area road is closed and two way traf­fic has no op­tion but to ply both way on a single bro­ken road.

The Malir Road project was sup­posed to be com­pleted by June 2016. It is very an­noy­ing that the project seems to be go­ing nowhere and the mis­eries that have been added to the lives of peo­ple us­ing the road are sim­ply end­less.

It is not pos­si­ble to move on the road in any ve­hi­cle be­yond a crawl­ing speed as your path is ob­structed by heaps of con­struc­tion ma­te­rial and waste which is strewn on both sides of the road. Added to this are mas­sive en­croach­ments, il­le­gal con­struc­tion and the ter­ri­ble traf­fic.

The hor­ri­ble mess starts on the way just af­ter the Wire­less Gate with nu­mer­ous in­ter­ac­tions, al­most like a blind al­ley which re­sults in frus­tra­tion and chaos. Half of the road is blocked by small-time ven­dors while the con­struc­tion waste ma­te­rial re­duces the re­main­ing width of the road.

The pedes­trian bridge, which is sup­posed to be used to cross the road, is also in a poor con­di­tion. It is not used any­more as most peo­ple pre­fer to cross the road with no re­gard to any traf­fic rules. The road be­comes nar­rower as you nav­i­gate through gi­gan­tic beams that lie on both sides of the road.

A large num­ber of ve­hi­cles come from the op­po­site di­rec­tion to take the single road to­wards the Na­tional High­way or to move to­wards the Begum Khur­sheed Road to reach Saud­abad. There is pan­de­mo­nium all around and the newly-con­structed Malir15 Fly­over does not solve any tribu­la­tions.

The worst time is the peak hours when traf­fic moves at a snail’s pace as the en­tire road is to­tally cov­ered in wa­ter. Dirty over­flow from the sewage lines floods the al­ready bat­tered road. Con­struc­tion work is mov­ing at a very slow pace while the heavy con­struc­tion ma­chin­ery and equip­ment ly­ing along­side the road has it­self be­come a ma­jor ob­sta­cle in the smooth flow of traf­fic.

Those who come from Quaid­abad and are go­ing to Malir also have to go through the same route. The re­sult of all the mess is that the to­tal trav­el­ling time of 15 min­utes mounts to more than a cou­ple of hours, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the rush hours. There is no al­ter­nate route for the cars, mo­tor­cy­cles, buses and trucks us­ing the road ev­ery day and the cri­sis sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues with no end in sight.

Apart from caus­ing nu­mer­ous health con­cerns, such as breath­ing prob­lems and pol­lu­tion is­sues, the dis­as­ter has also cre­ated a se­vere law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the area as mo­bile phone and purse snatch­ings are com­mon and the pub­lic is help­less.

A view of a di­lapi­lated road in Karachi caus­ing in­con­ve­nience to com­muters and gen­eral pub­lic.

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