Saturday, September 24, 2005

KESC - Please pay for your inconvenience

Regular load shedding of couple of hours both in the morning and in the evening is getting a norm. God knows when KESC will actually be privatized and be managed more professionally. And when the power actually returns, the voltage levels are so bad, you start feeling you've time-travelled to 1940 with yellow bulbs ans count-the-wing fan movements. Of course Air Conditions refuse to work without powerful voltage stabilizers.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

'Wear Helmet' Campaign

Karachi Traffic Police is out on hunt for motorcyclists without safely helmets. It is a common sight to see the traffic police officer (most of the time with his mouth literally drooling with water) at the signals where he nabs a motorcyclist who must stop due to the red signal. (Most of the time, as the tradition goes in Karachi, if you are driving a bike at a good speed of anything above 40 kmph, stopping on the orders of a road side traffic police officer is a worthless exercise!).

In order to avoid the reported harassment of the motorcyclists, the poor citizens who must face the scorching heat of Karachi while they drive their bikes have started keeping their helmets on top of the fuel tank of their bikes as if they are yelling 'I have the helmet you bribe-hunting tullas - now leave me alone'.

The campaign has (allegedly) more to do with profit making than the safety of the motorcyclists.

The Morning After

The roads wore leaner traffic today - probably with the schools off and the general business community sleeping after the ritualistic night-awakenging of Shab-e-Birat.

Fire-crackers took the city by storm as there were no checks on the sale/purchase of the fire crackers nor on the youngsters cracking them. Chinese crackers are being imported and are reportedly very cheap (and loud! as well).

KPT Fly-over at Hino chorangi is getting more and more trouble-giving as new pillars are being dug around the area.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Terrace Garden - Old Clifton

In the early days of Karachi, when the city was still measureable both in terms of expansion as well as the dwellers, the space, there was a park at Old Clifton

The large open space next to the green-colored stadium is what used to be the legendary 'Old Clifton' part where the elite of Karachi used to gather on Sundays for getting together and enjoying a clean view of the sea side. The site is now being revamped to restore the original glory of the place by the District Government with active participation of Grand Leisure Corporation (GLC). Estmiated cost of the project is Rs 20 million.

Papa Power?

Bill Boards of 'Power Power' and 'Papa Rulz' have mashroomed all over the city's main roads. Whether this is a momemtum building exercise for (yet!) another energy drink or a resturant is still unknown. But since the outdoor stuff is of 3M skins, the budget seems to be a neat one.