Rush Hour Thoughts

After so long I suffered waiting in loooonnnnggg queues to become the lucky one to cross them, I am talking about the signals. Sometimes you really forget the timings and you just grab the keys and take out your sports car and end up waiting for a hell of time on roads, on each and every crossing.

The Lahoree nine-to-five living beings know the formula i.e. never go out when it is peak of “school time” or “office time”, when its “lunch break” and when it is “chutti time”. I mean it is a nightmare for not-on-job individuals of the city to go out during these timings, when a 10-minute distance transforms into more than half an hour’s or even one hour. Kalma Chawk or Jinnah Flyover, these stretches can make you a philosopher, because this queue gives you a real chance to be with yourself (which is not possible in the modern age) or at least a good observer, after all you got to know what has been happening around (most of us remember all the road messages, banners and buildings and sometimes we miss counting the boards).

Today, once again, I forgot to look at the time before leaving and my only saviors were God and after Him a couple of FMs.

Is this all just because of leasing?

@Kalma Chawk

@Main Boulevard near Mini Market

4 Comments so far

  1. Bilal Rashid (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 5:47 am

    I should do a part deux to this one .. Lahore through the eyes of a night dweler .. i work nights and usually dont see any of this i am happily sleeping in my room far far away from all this traffic .. the roads are empty at night .. no noise pollution .. no dust .. its gorgeous .. Lahore is a whole new city after 2 am .. you should try getting out and just driving around sometime ..

  2. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    thats true, at night Lahore becomes totally different city.

  3. exciton (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 4:15 am

    I don’t think it is only because of leasing. What you are observing is a pretty normal side-effect of urban prosperity and growth. What is missing is basically traffic management, planning and control.

    All this of course requires lots and lots of money, combined with lots of creative thinking.

    + Improved public transportation
    + Improved traffic management
    + Change in laws to require additional parking
    with new buildings
    + Stricter and fairer enforcement of traffic laws
    + More awareness and education of drivers

    Systemic (or structural) issues cannot be resolved in with point-solutions; i.e. “is this due to leasing?!”. I am sure you are not suggesting that we stifle economic growth so that people can drive easy?! :-)

  4. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 4:28 am

    According to grapevine, that they made new laws(strict ones) for auto leasing/financing 2-3 years back, just to cut down the number of cars on roads. So, it clears the fact that if they cudnt manage the System(roads, transport etc.), they resiprocate by cutting the number of cars awaam can reach very easily. I think, if this is true, then they tried to solve the issue with point-solution.

    So, aaj ka swal, who will change the system?

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