Dust, smog and gravel hit city!

If anything bad that can happen to the relatively clean air of Islamabad, it is the dust and smog created but the numerious construction sites that have spawned up in the city.

It was only yesterday that I had to come home from Blue Area, and I was a little surprised to see the the road totally blocked by construction equipment and hazard signs. It’s alittle non-typical for the Jinnah Ave., the 4 lane road connecting the Parliament and the Presidency with the other end of the city, to be blocked off just like that. This is a very busy road, and with so many people working in the Blue Area, it is really somewhat of a suicidal wish to somehow block off or restrict the flow of traffic on this road. There is construction going on the China chowk, if I am not mistakened, and there is a 5 star hotel being constructed right down the road.

As Jaded so very well said, here, that there is a traffic mess for the people of Islamabad. The introduction of the National Highway Police to the city has given it a more points on the international scales, but the mindsets at the Capital Development Authority (CDA) officies haven’t changed for sure.

Not only has this construction and traffic caused all sorts of migranes to us Islamabadies, or Isloo-ites, if you will, it brings with it alot of other problems like eye infections and throat and nasal infections and diseases. Not that this is a sick city, but the threat of such unnecessary pain just for someone’s capitalist wish is a very negative trade-off.

Islamabad should have stricter construction rules, and a committee formed with the local citizens to check any of the violations being made and enforce the rules to protect the people from unnecessary harm caused by toxic matreial used in construction. I loved the idea of a protect against the construction of a Mac Donald’s outlet in the Fatima Jinnah Park. A step in the right direction!

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