Karchi roads — A story of misery
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.