Overcrowded roads

I have noticed that in the past few years our roads are getting more and more overcrowded. More and more people have easy accessibility to cars now making bicycles and/or motorbikes a thing of the past. However, our infrastructure has remained the same or even gotten worse. Where are all these cars coming from? Are Lahoris getting richer and richer or banks and car companies are in cahoots?

Here is a scene from the Simla Hill roundabout on wednesday.

Credit: Daily Times

6 Comments so far

  1. Shahzad Malik (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 10:37 am

    Lahoris are not getting richer. Getting rich is an illusion except for the nouveau riche. Even my gardener can afford a brand new Civic with a Rs 2 lakh down payment.

    The car company and the banks don’t give a fuck about people as they only view them as consumers..or better yet..cattle ! And Lahoris are also extremely status and class conscious and are becoming more and more snobbish. Some ppl don’t think they are living in Pakistan to start with.

    We have forgotten the basic rules and the distinction of ‘need vs. want’. 20 years ago ppl use to buy things because they were needed and not necessarily because they were wanted..if you understand the distinction

    Now its all about competing with everybody else in society with phones, cars, houses etc. This of course does not apply to all Lahoris but its getting there…


  2. Momekh (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 9:32 pm

    I’d like to point out that the streets of Lahore have been crowded for some time now…it seems every third car is a brand new one (thanks to the banks). I did a totally informal ‘survey’, if you can even call it one, of how many cars are totally new, i was on the Canal, stuck in traffic (the traffic just simply gobbling up the underpasses!), and I was averaging every 5th car being a new one.

    Now Lahore is soon going to have a subway. Or an elevated railroad, winding all over Lahore, more like the London Underground. This is of course, much needed, but here is the catch…

    A lot of the ‘status-concious’ Pakistanis consider riding in a taxi from thier home to thier office place or wherever, a total let-down. This is reflection of a bigger problem, that is disrespect of the labor classes. Not many consider working as a waiter here a ‘classy’ job, therefore they dont do it. The thing is, not many consider waiting tables a classy job in the States, but even thier presidents have waited tables at least once in thier lifetime; they differentiate what is needed and what is wanted, a point that was wel-raised by Shahzad. We want to stay aloof and comfortable, but we need to get our hands dirty to learn respect and ‘get real’ about our very own people.

    Hmmm, this may be sleep induced, because I am sure there was a link between what I said in the above para and what you have said…aaaarrrrggghhhhh!!! :P:)

  3. Bhaalu (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 6:06 am

    The subway is useless. Building bigger, better and wider roads is much more essential to counter this traffic explosion.

  4. anonymous (unregistered) on August 19th, 2006 @ 3:42 pm

    sir g … aii foto kithay charh kay laiti sii ??

  5. Raza (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 7:13 am

    @ Momekh….Nicely said, I couldn’t have said it better.

    @ Anonymous….sir ji…ay photo tay mein Daily Times dey akhbaar tau litti aye…menoon nahin pata keh onna nay kithay charh ki litti aye.

  6. Toni (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 11:39 am

    Oh wow, that’s pretty bad. It looks like rush hour in Manila, too. More and more roads around the world are getting congested!

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