No Parking

Hafeez center is, by most means, the most visited ‘plaza’ in Lahore.
Yet it only has just ‘one row’ of parking space. The rest of the cars do what they do and you have a complete cockup in front of Pace on Main Boulevard! It is amazing that when one place takes off, it takes off without any regard to basic business standards of parking space and good building design etc etc. The building of Hafeez center itself is quite weird; you feel little tremors around the central staircase.
Thanks to a few friends over at a multinational bank across Hafeez center, I end up using their parking space to go to Hafeez Center! I am sure the bank’s parking lot is full of people going to Hafeez center!
I wonder how they can improve the way-too-pathetic parking conditions for Hafeez center.?

8 Comments so far

  1. Opee (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 12:11 am

    I ‘never’ park in Hafeez Centre Parking. My choice on weekdays was Pace or ChenOne. But even then I wasn’t happy over it!

    Then I realized that just next to SCB, there’s a new plaza built. I guess ‘Lahore Centre’ (not sure). So I ended up using their parking space, for free. You just have to cross main boulevard, which for a ‘Jawan-Jahan’ doesn’t matter much :)

  2. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 12:47 am

    @opee: U know now Chenone charge 60 Rs per hour, if i m not wrong …hehehe.

  3. Opee (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 1:34 am

    Tauba… no i didn’t know that! :)

    I think its better to take rikshaw or a Khotoo-ride to Hafeez Centre instead! :)

  4. Bilal (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

    As OPEE mentioned, Ricksha offers the best mode of access to the unbearable hell-hole with which we have a love-hate relationship, AKA Hafeez Center.

    Ricksha allows one to arrive and disembark right at the doorstep in style, like a king (or queen as the case may be). And a whole assortment of them are available to choose from at the doorstep after one has wound up with business in the Center. No worries about parking. Besides, rickshas charge only PKR 30 from my office in Gulberg, where I leave my car. So a return commute on the three-wheeler sets me back only PKR 60 – thats the same as parking in ChenOne, but without the measly one-hour time bar.

    By the way, the new 4-stroke rickshas are quite decent. A person like me whose height is 6ft 3in is able to sit quite comfortably in them without having to force myself into positions that would put contortionists to shame, as was the case in the fuming noise generators which still swarm over most roads (AKA old ghatiya ricksha).

  5. mansur (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 9:46 pm

    What is this new 4-stroke rickshaw? I am 6’4″, and I had a very uncomfortable ride in the noisy rickshaw. Can you explain what this 4 stroke one is? Thanks a million.

  6. Bilal (unregistered) on December 6th, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

    4-stroke rickshas are those new, much quieter, usually green colored rickshas like the one seen here

    Many on these run on CNG which is an arguably cleaner fuel by many magnitudes, than the witch’s brew the old 2-stroke ones fly on!

  7. Atif (unregistered) on December 6th, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    Well, now there is a online version of Hafeez Centre Plaza known as Hafeez Centre Live. The url is

    You can most of the tasks on this website from your home. The website also maintains updated pricelists of latest computer items.

    I have found this very useful to trade on this website as it also eliminate middle-man.

  8. Momekh (unregistered) on December 6th, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

    Atif, you are saying that you actually ‘traded’ on the website? I have covered hafeezcenter’s website previously (espcially the table tennis game, that used to be on top left, now it has been ‘demoted’ to bottom left :( )… anyways, your info is very useful in that it gives confidence to people like me and many others who read this that trading your wares and actually getting a benefit out of it is taking hold!

    You confirm this, right? I mean, you have sold your stuff with real buyers showing up to collect and pay etc or vice versa?

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