Friday, October 10, 2008

Can Mustafa Kamal Please Take Over The DHA

On the day that the Mayor of Karachi, Mr. Mustafa Kamal, inaugurated the Rs. 3 Billion 'Signal Free Corridor' linking Surjani Town with Shahrah-e-Faisal, the DHA administrator announced his plan to sort out the traffic issues afflicting DHA Phase 5.

In a meeting with the DHA Resident's Association, Brigadier Tirmizi (a serving officer of the armed forces) stated that:

"as a result of the study carried out by NESPAK for smooth flow of traffic in DHA, one way regimes would be implemented soon on Khayaban-e-Shaheen (Zamzama Boulevard), Khayaban-e-Mujahid, Khayaban-e-Shamsheer and Khayaban-e-Shujaat."

Awesome. I always wondered when they'd do this after the roaring success of the one way regime implemented in the alleys of Zamzama and Khadda Market!

This has to be one of the dumbest ideas ever. These roads are currently two way and people still manage to travel the wrong way; like hell, this ideas going to work.

And why the hell is the DHA even listening to NESPAK. This is the same agency that designed the double storey KPT Flyover on the intersection of Korangi Road and Shaheed-e-Millat expressway (Hino Chowrangi). The design of this flyover is atrocious; the imbeciles at NESPAK apprently forgot to take into account that the Korangi Road isn't an uniterrupted roadt but that there are several arteries that link up with this road, which funnily enough was the very reason for the flyover. As a result of the flawed design the junction from where one joins up with the expressway has become a major traffic hazzard.

There's a friggin reason why Mayor Kamal talks about a Master Plan, that shit works. Brig. Tirmizi, it's time for you to listen to the Mayor (and it's really hard not to considering the Mayor just doesn't shut up about his 'Master Plan!').


wasay said...

Even though Mustafa Kamal has done a lot these signal free coridors are just a short term solution which will only give rise to sprawl, congestion and high cost transportation in the long term.

Karachi needs KCR and Bus-Rapid Transit to solve its transportation problem and not ugly flyovers.

AKS said...

I completely agree with you on this one and I think so does Mayor MK. The problem with the DHA's plan is that it may not even be effective in the short term.

Majaz said...

Well. At least MK's doing something. Though I'd have to agree with Wasay. These problems of traffic congestion need a deeper solution than pretty highways. According to a survey, Karachi has 500 cars everyday on the road. That is in no way manageable even with these highways. The public transportation system is going to the dogs; every day you get to hear of a woman or a child or any innocent pedestrian being mauled over by a speeding bus. They need to stop leasing cars and start training bus-drivers.

Erm. I just realized how incoherent my post sounds. Sorry about that. I blame it on the flu meds.

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