Candle Light Romance

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I thought to write about something good on the occasion of our independence day, perhaps at least think of one good thing that was worth transmitting on a positive wavelength from the capital. Unfortunately a series of events unfolding right before the big day made me change my mind.

Earlier there was a common opinion in the country that the Federal Capital is situated 50 KMs from Pakistan. That was said because the infrastructure and facilities in the capital were considered better than the rest of the country, considering the fact that “better” is a relative word. Although that statement might have been true half a century back, there is no point in sticking to the dogma when infrastructure conditions are deteriorating right before our eyes. A capital devoid of most of the basic amenities of life. I am sure when it comes to gauging quality of life, most people look back with that innocent look in the eyes, quality of life, what is that supposed to mean?

Globally Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators are used as a standard to define the standards of living for people. The Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators are a contribution to the worldwide effort to develop comprehensive statistics of national well-being that go beyond traditional macroeconomic indicators. A systems approach is used to illustrate the dynamic state of social, economic and environmental quality of life. The dimensions of life examined include:

Education,
Employment,
Energy,
Environment,
Health,
Human rights,
Income,
Infrastructure,
National security,
Public safety,
Re-creation
Shelter.

Next time you step out in the streets of Islamabad, just find out how much would Islamabad score on the list.

I have been a recent victim at the hands of IESCO made to suffer the whole weekend without electricity. Unfortunately there was a problem in one of the mainlines in our street. The problem is chronic now and has been there for many months. Every time when a complain is tendered to IESCO they come up with a hack fix that only lasts a few days. This weekend, they fixed the problem thrice, rising to the fact that everything broke down in a matter of hours. Eventually during the last night’s storm, people in my street had to spend the whole night without electricity. And last time we checked the IESCO had hung up their phone off the cradle so that they could receive no more complaints. Despite the recent tall claims of IESCO, ground realities have been strikingly different.

Mind you this is not the story of some far flung village on the outskirts of the capital. This is happening right in the heart of the so called “uptown” sectors of the city, where the property prices can be compared to Dubai and London. But do the residents get the value for their money? Not!

As the population of the city grows by ten folds each year, the decades old infrastructure is bound to collapse if not fortified. Independence day is not just about celebration. It’s also a day for retrospection to assess if our last year was better than the present one. Are we really in a position to make an honest assessment?

2 Comments so far

  1. Sajjad (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    It has been over 12 hours and the office, right in the heart of Islamabad, is still running on a generator. Power, at least in F-7, isn’t expected to be restored before 6pm.

    I heard that one of the main distribution points of the capital was struck by lighting and was practically decimated. I thought lightning rods and grounding were a must for any building of significance.


  2. Sameer (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    i think islamabad tou itna chota sa hai ager is ko singapore jaisay better nahin karsaktay tou baaqi cities ka keya hoga



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