Dazed and Confused

UP%20Construction%20Site.JPGIt seems that whole of Islamabad has been “uprooted” these days, or looks like a giant construction site. No matter where you go you see roads being built, parks being flattened for renovation, new sky scrappers being raised and not to mention the city’s first under pass under construction. However, despite all the good boons these projects promise to bring, there is one problem that is faced by every Islooite on a daily basis. That is inconvenience caused due to inefficient boundary management of the construction sites.

Road%20Block.JPGI guess the project coordinators have failed to realize that city’s residents and the community are also the stake holders during the construction process. That it’s their job is not just to ensure that they complete the project, but they should also make maximum effort to lower the inconvenience caused during the development cycle. This means sufficient arrangements should be made to provide clean diversions, ample marking of the boundary walls, and road signs well in advance of the facility where the work is being done. The situation aggravates especially during the pour down when the “half cooked” diversions turn into a puddle of mud and slug. It grows worse during traffic jams during school hours.

4 Comments so far

  1. Fauzan (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    Let’s get real. Proper detour arrangements? In Pakistan? That would be some day!

    I remember when the Canal Road underpasses were being constructed in Lahore a few yrs ago during the PML regime. It was chaos then too. If you were one of the ‘unlucky many’ who had to cross the Canal to get to your places (which almost everyone in Lahore has to actually), you had to think really hard about actually trying to venture out in the insane traffic jams.

    There is also a perception all across the capital that all these underpasses etc are being constructed to accomodate the ease of movement to newly constructed G.H.Q which would be shifting to Islamabad soon. Even though I belong from the Army, I shall neither deny nor support this claim. The bottom line is that there has always been a hassle when a road is blocked. But I would not be too quick to blame the Government. Granted they might not have provided the all too adequate arrangements but what about the sharp increase in the number of cars on the roads over the last year ? Detours and construction don’t always cause jams and delays. It’s also the amount of cars on the road too.

  2. Iqbal Shahid (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

    i agree with backpacker …. the road next to Centaurus tower is all muddy and uneven cause of the trucks. the constuction company needs to arrange a way to clean the roads while this tower is being constructed. is someone concerned about all the trees and green belts being removed? islamabad is not islamabad if its not green.

  3. Hassan (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

    Thats the only thing I didn’t understand about this Centaurus tower. Why build such a massive structure in this location knowing it will create problems.

    But now that they are doing it, atleast take some responsibility and clean the area so that atleast the residents of Islamabad dont have problems!

  4. A for Apple (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

    Well fully agree … roads and building and even houses … hichever sector you’ll be roaming around … it’s the constrction debris u’ll find everywhere … and with such lovely rains … well skyline looks beautiful no doubt But roads are getting muddy(ier).

    Even the construction contractors for buildings do not make some effort and remove the enormous debris plaved all around the site … Aaaaaah ….!

    And yup regarding amount of cars causing the whole jamming thing … I agree … people are taking out cars on lease as if they are free … and our roads are not wide enough toa ccomodate them … even the roads in new sectors are not planned properly … My Beautiful Islamabad :”(

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