Traffic overload or congestion has become a major problem for almost all big cities in Pakistan but literally speaking, Karachi is choking with serious traffic related issues. Yes, Karachi is growing tremendously, so are its traffic issues.
“Oh bhai gari aagy nikalo, Office ky lye late horhy hain, Dikhai nahi deta aagy traffic jam h *fight start* …Bhai ambulance main mareez ki halat kharab hai !!”
You must have heard these sentences if you are a resident of the metropolis. Whatever means of transportation you choose to reach your place, chances are very likely you will be confronted with one of the biggest problems, major cities have to cope with: traffic!
Have you ever thought of this severe issue of traffic jam? What are its causes and what are its effects? You know what this issue can cause a number of deaths on daily basis.
If we just talk about the Pakistan’s mega city, rough estimates regarding the Karachi’s vehicle claimed that there are about more than 3 million vehicles in city right now and this number is increasing at an estimate annual rate. No doubt that this is a burden, which is being faced by the Karachi’s traffic system each year.
Traffic congestion creates a number of problems, especially in emergencies; blocked traffic may interfere with the passage of emergency vehicles/ ambulances traveling to their destinations (hospitals) where they are urgently needed. A number of deaths can be seen just because of traffic jams.
As a result of the traffic congestion, delays take place which may result in late arrival for employment, meetings, and education.
On the other hand, traffic congestion resulted in wasting fuel that may increases air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, which surely contribute to global warming. Moreover, this issue enhances irritation among people, which push them towards the use of harsh words and then fight !
How to deal!
I must say that in order to address the traffic related issues in Karachi or in any other city, there is a need of more roads, flyovers, underpasses as well as local transport facilities.
The condition of public transport and suffocating roads is so deteriorating which suggest that the cities in Pakistan are in dire need of some better transportation options. The sooner the concerned authorities realize the requirements of transportation infrastructure, the better would it be. And it will surely save citizens from the severe issue of ‘Traffic Congestion’.
BY Farah Jamil