transportation issues in Lahore

In this time of national crises people are doing whatever they can to send goods to earthquake affected areas. If you tour the city today, you will find almost everyone delivering large packets full of relief goods to fortress stadium, Eidhi centers and other organization’s offices. This unity and willingness to help really makes me proud of being a Pakistani. But transporting these goods to affected areas is becoming a problem. Trucks are becoming hard to find and when you do, they are asking for double triple amount which is sad really.

We were looking for a Bradford Truck today for delivering medicines to Chaklala Airbase urgently requested by a friend. Trucks on entire Multan road were mostly booked and after 3 hours we finally found one on Band road. The owner, instead of asking for 8000-9000 rupees demanded 21000 rupees which was almost triple than normal amount. This has clearly been happening in Lahore for last 2 days and I know many people who are complaining about it. People want to send goods as quickly as possible so they are even willing to pay double triple amounts just like we did today. There are few human beings in the city, just like in every other city in the world, who are trying to take advantage of even this tragic situation.

It’s about time somebody checks on these transporters. Please have mercy on us!

On a side note, there is a severe shortage of piodine and fracture bandages in Lahore which is desperately needed for injured. Anyone knows where can we find these two items in large quantity? I can assure you it’s not available at Fazal Din, Zaka or any other big pharmacy. Not even in Services hospital which is also fresh out.

6 Comments so far

  1. OverseesPak (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 4:16 am

    Darwaish,
    Thanks for the blog. For oversees folks like me, these comments are providing much needed info. I have a question if u can answer. You mention lack of trucks and medicine. What about the aid agencies like Red Crescent, Mercy, Red Cross and a number of others? Are they not on ground in effected areas providing the medicines u mention? As for the trucks, it is just wrong for these proeple to overchage at this crucual time. Are the military trucks unable to transport what you are trying to send or does it take just too long? Once again, thank you for the info. Look forward to the response.


  2. exciton (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 7:55 am

    Darwaish:

    Is it possible to get this out to the media? Any of the private channels need to get this news out. Because we need effective media policing at this point.

    Though most do have a heart and are decent people, but you will find some opportunists among the masses whose heart has gone black and soul is dead, among them unfortunately are the people that:

    – are overcharging for burial shrouds (kafan)
    – are selling expired medicines
    – are selling fake medicines
    – are overcharging for relief transportation
    services

    This is not the time to get disheartened by these Allah Forsaken souls, but to make sure that they get identified.


  3. Adnan (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 8:28 am

    AoA

    this is not the time to criticize,those who are taking advantage of such situation in negative manner,may Allah guide them,look we all have to go in our own graves,we should rather make efforts to help needy people and improve our lives

    Adnan


  4. iqbal (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 10:07 am

    ican make in bulk quantity of piodine/equivalents


  5. Opee (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 11:59 am

    I have a very good list of medicines with me in a DOC (Winword) file format. Managers – can anyone help me put this on the metblog?


  6. Opee (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 12:17 pm

    I have a very good list of medicines with me in a DOC (Winword) file format. Managers – can anyone help me put this on the metblog?



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