Stuck in a Traffic Jam on Islamabad Expressway

Yesterday I left Islamabad to go to Rawalpindi around 6:45 pm. It normally takes me 35-40 minutes (before the Expressway it used to take me 40-45 minutes) to get home. The journey was smooth. We covered the distance till the ‘Unity Discipline Faith’ hill fine. But then came the big jam. Traffic was blocked from there all the way to the ‘chowk’ from where one turns towards the airport. My Dad was driving but I was the one having a headache. Those few kilometers were covered in about an hour. I was wondering why in the world were we stuck in a traffic jam on such a ‘wide’ road (Expressway). Nothing came to mind and nor could we find a reason when we finally got out of that jumble of cars. I reached home at 8:15 pm.

Time to go home is near once again and I am having jitters just by thinking about yesterday’s traffic jam. I don’t want to meet the same fate again and I don’t want that dreadful headache. I want the Expressway to be ‘free’ of such bottlenecks. Let’s see how the Expressway treats me on today’s journey home. I am keeping my fingers crossed. :-D

16 Comments so far

  1. kabirdas on January 14th, 2009 @ 12:22 am

    @ montaleast13

    There must have been some good reason for the traffic jam like a broken down car or some accident etc which you could not see. It can happen anywhere in the world on the best of highways, expressway and freeways.

    However, if you insist that there was no such reason for this traffic jam then I guess the cause was fading away of the hill from the view reminding us of Unity, Faith, and Discipline:-) To solve this type of traffic jam problem we might consider install many billboards along this road carrying this message:-)

  2. hashriani on January 14th, 2009 @ 7:57 am

    You can have an airport runaway going through the city and there’d still be traffic jams. An inherent part of being here. And no it’s not a car broken down, or an accident, most of the time it’s just people who want to go right and are in the far left lane and when they manouver they sort of stop everything that is flowing.

  3. hashriani on January 14th, 2009 @ 7:58 am

    *runway =p

  4. sufiblade on January 14th, 2009 @ 10:10 am

    No nation solved its traffic problems by building bigger roads. It seems Islamabad is really suited to a tram system but I wonder why it’s never even given a thought. Or other good public transport. Come to think of it, if decent public transport was available, how many of us would forsake our cars and avail it? Very few, in my opinion.

  5. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on January 14th, 2009 @ 10:17 am

    @ kabirdas & Hashim

    I agree with the reason kabirdas gave to some extent. But i agree with the reason Hashim gave more than any body else’s right now. :-D

    @ sufiblade

    Your suggestion is superb. Be it tram or any decent bus/van service, we are in dire need of a good public transport solution. I do, however, disagree to the fact that people with cars would not use it. I think if a reliable, comfortable, affordable and safe public transport is available, many would benefit from it, including car-people. I for one am fully up for it.


  6. crazymonkey on January 14th, 2009 @ 10:35 am

    I also experienced a traffic jam after the Unity Faith Discipline thingi and there wasn’t any blocakge or bottlenecking by any cars with flat tyres or drivers with distended bladders. I have felt that whenever the signal is turned off to be managed manually by a traffic constable, the traffic sitution in many cases worsens instead of improving. Waddaya say?

  7. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on January 14th, 2009 @ 10:41 am

    Oh and by the way, my journey went smooth. The whole time i was intrigued by the not-so-full moon and kept staring at it. Wanted to take a picture too but neither my father stopped the car nor i had a hi tech camera on me to take a good picture. :-D

  8. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on January 14th, 2009 @ 10:47 am

    @ crazymonkey

    Yup, THAT is also one of the reasons causing traffic jams. I agree. The Islamabad traffic Police personnel are doing a great job, but sometimes when they try to control traffic with their ‘bare’ hands, it becomes a nuisance.

  9. Fahim Akhter (fahimakhter) on January 14th, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

    Well I think you were like in my 30 meters radius :P was stuck in traffic at the same time there. And you know what was actually causing the traffic jam? People from the third and fourth lane standing in the front wanting to take a right done and you can’t really do anything about them. What made me angry was the fact the cops were standing on the other side of the road standing watching it. I was really pissed off! like when you have a lane to turn and your consuming extra three lanes just cause you want to turn first and ruin every one’s time. If you wanted to turn in the first place why not be in the lane early on.

  10. kabirdas on January 14th, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

    Think about it deeply like Kabir Das does and you will come to the conclusion that Unity Faith Discipline or the lack of it is the cause of most of our woes. I am talking about the root cause of it all.

  11. shama on January 14th, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

    trffic is increasing day by day

  12. kabirdas on January 14th, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

    @ shama on January 14th, 2009

    How did you make such a great discovery. And all this time we were under the inpression that traffic was DECREASING day by day :-)

  13. fahdalzahri on January 14th, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

    lol@kabridas have to agree with shama :p
    i attained enlightenment just now too :D lol

  14. kabirdas on January 15th, 2009 @ 12:44 am

    @ fahdalzahri on January 14th, 2009

    You are talking about our enlightment by the discovery of our our sister Shama about the traffic problem. I am worried about how her discovery how it has shaken the very foundation of this wretched country which was bult by our Quaid on the foundation of Unity , Faith and Discipline.

    Sister Shama please explain to us all how you got to this earth shaking conclusion like Einstein did to Theory of Relativity:-)

  15. wkhang on January 15th, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

    Unity, Faith, and Discipline, In traffic case it could work but this will not resolve the traffic jam, Dubai is the fastest growing nation in this world and you know here we do not have that much traffic jam problems.

    Because they are keep building roads way ahead.
    Flyovers could resolve the half problem.
    Also now they are building the electronic train for almost each city town market and will touch major points, guess what that kind of comfortable luxury with air-condition and snacks available in it, who does not want to catch that.

    I think we should start working from now on in Islamabad Rwp to build some kind of this project, hey China will help you all.

  16. riaz on January 16th, 2009 @ 6:24 am

    there is no "keep in your lane" concept in Pakistan.I am sure 99 percent of the drivers even don’t know what these lanes are meant for.( i don;t blame them coz we all know how we get our driving licenses there. :) )
    and that is what causes most of the traffic snarls in Pak-people in right most lane trying to turn left n vice versa.and almost everyone drives on top of the lane demarcation. it was very difficult for me to drive in isb when i was there, but after couple of days, i said to myslef- do in rome as romans do… :)

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