More Monday Blues and Torrential Rains!

A story of my road trip from Lahore to Sialkot and back in one day
July 26, 2011
Iftari anyone?
August 28, 2011

Why can’t they save the rain water? Conservation is the new buzz word all over the world! Does that take a lot of investment? Funnily enough, we know Pakistan comes under the Monsoon belt. Somebody should be working on this but we seem to be never prepared… By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom

 

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fter the weekend, it’s fairly normal for you not to want to join the fray…the weekly grind, the same old, same old boring work routine but this Monday, (August 8, 2011), it was more than the normal Monday blues…I went to sleep around 4:00 AM (no sign of rains at Sehri or at daybreak) but when I woke up to go to work around 8:00 AM, it was raining cats and dogs.

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Rain drop falling on my head...Photo by Adnan Q. Qayyum

 

Shela, my sister let me know, it had already been raining like that for at least an hour…hmmm. Well, Adnan (my brother) and I started procrastinating – normally, we are ready to leave by 8:30 AM but this Monday? We were both kind of reluctant to leave home….finally, around 8:30 AM we had a conference and decided to let our respective bosses know we would be late because of rains…(Yes, I hate driving in rains)! Once bitten, twice shy.

 

There was no let up. After an hour and a half, the rains had turned to a light drizzle so we decided to leave for work. It was around 10:00 AM. Big mistake – DHA main roads were flooded. Walton Cantt area was too. The T-junction between Cavalry Grounds, DHA and Cantt was no better. A tree was down. Traffic had been moving at snail pace. A bus had broken down too. It was holding up traffic ‘coz it was parked smack, dab in the middle of the fast lane…finally, we crossed the T-Junction and got stuck at the traffic lights on the cross roads before the Jinnah Bridge. It took us about 20 -30 minutes to cross this patch of the road.

 

After crossing the Jinnah Bridge, Adnan advised me to take the Ali Zeb Road instead of the road that leads to Liberty, MM Alam Road and the Hussain Square. It was bound to be flooded. Well, another big mistake. We were stuck in floods of water and Center Point crossing was no better. (Did I tell you, Adnan had been recording the events via his cell phone? He had been taking photos of back to back traffic, the floods, puddles, and what not?)

 

Center Point crossing was a total nightmare! I kept praying the whole time I crossed this patch of the road. Adnan told me whatever, I do I shouldn’t brake but should keep going…luckily, everything went okay and we were not stuck.  By this time, we had already spent more than an hour on the road already…Liberty Square was no better. It was flooded too. I dropped Adnan on the curbside of the Main Boulevard. I didn’t dare cross the patch of the road before the crossing at the Gaddafi Stadium to drop Adnan at his workplace. It was truly scary. He had to walk to his work place.

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Can't remember this spot in retrospect - somewhere in Cantt?or is it near Liberty Square? Photo by AQQ

 

 

I decided to go over Ch. Zahoor Illahi Road from the main boulevard to cross over to the Canal Road. Another nightmare of puddles and floods…finally, I was over the bad patch and on to the Canal Road. Things improved here. Did I tell you it was consistently drizzling the whole time?

 

At the Canal road, it turned into torrential rains for a bit. But no puddles or floods thank God; I could finally drive at 50 – 60 KMs per hour. My left foot had gone to sleep clutching the clutch and brake the past hour! By the time I got to work, it was more than one and half hour drive. I got there 11:45 AM. My boss was pretty happy to see me which was kind of surprising. First time, I was late and didn’t get a scolding…She hadn’t been expecting me yet. She thought I would start right after the rains and it was still raining…huh?

 

On the way back, it was puddles galore again. In fact, Gulberg, Cavalry Grounds and DHA continued to be full of rain waters well into the night. However, it wasn’t as bad as the morning. But next day, the rain water had all gone down from DHA at least like it was never there …it was also hot and sunny. Cavalry Grounds and Gulberg were still bad in places…

 

I understand there is no city government anymore – you know the feud of commissioners vs. Nazim thing and hence, no local functioning bodies at city levels…but what the heck, DHA is a society in its own right. They charge us enough money for the privilege of living here. They also have functioning drains that used to suck the rain waters from the roads before the year 2008. I don’t get it? What happened to them? Did the management change? Did the drains get clogged? How come the rains miraculously cleared overnight without the sun but didn’t do so in the full light of the day? Is there a special reason that DHA gets flooded each year now? Is this a solidarity thing?

 

Anyway, why can’t they save the rain water? Conservation is the new buzz word all over the world! Does that take a lot of investment? Funnily enough, we know Pakistan comes under the Monsoon belt. Somebody should be working on this but we seem to be never prepared…It’s so frustrating but heck, just an average day in Pakistan…■

 

 

 

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DHA - main road that connects Ghazi Junction with B, C, W,X and Y sectors, Photo by AQQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DHA-Walton main boulevard, Photo by AQQ

 

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Jinnah Bridge, Photo by AQQ

 

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on Jinnah Bridge, Photo by AQQ

 

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Another view of Jinnah Bridge, Photo by AQQ

 

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Firdous Market Crossing? Photo by AQQ

 

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Firdous Market crossing, Ali Zeb Road, Photo AQQ

 

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Firdous Market crossing, traffic lights, Photo by AQQ

 

 

 

 

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
The publisher and editor-in-chief for Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), Fareeha is currently working at a media company as Content development Manager (or as they call it, the managing editor); she also served as the managing editor for Valuemag (Jan 08-July 09 – Print editions Valuemag 1-13). She has over 15 years of solid management experience in managing products, brands, projects, processes, staff, customers, vendors and time, plus, she has a MSc degree in Economics (and Business Administration) from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA and BA from Kinnaird. She also freelanced for The News on Sunday (1994-95). Tkfr.com chronicles some of her work – editing, writing, reporting and print and online media management. (1994-to date).

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  1. More reading ?

    Dunya TV-08-08-2011-Heavy Rain In Lahore And Round The Cities.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLNRgUV3MAE

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  2. Torrential rains hit Punjab, KP, Kashmir

    Staff Report
    2011-08-08

    LAHORE – Heavy rains August 8 lashed Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir, flooding several parts of Lahore, Peshawar and Rawalpindi, media reported.

    Lahore received 120mm of rain and Islamabad 85mm by the afternoon, according to Pakistan Meteorological Department.

    Knee-deep water submerged Lahore’s roads, media reported. Each city had received 45.2mm and 33mm of rain, respectively, August 1-7, according to the Meteorological Department.

    http://centralasiaonline.com/cocoon/caii/xhtml/en_GB/newsbriefs/caii/newsbriefs/2011/08/08/newsbrief-08

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  3. Rain in Lahore turns roads into puddles
    08 August 2011

    LAHORE: Constant and heavy rains in Lahore turned the weather pleasant but filled the roads with water Monday, Geo News reported. So far, 120 mm of rain has been recorded in Lahore while many areas are facing power failures and severe traffic jam.

    http://www.awaztoday.com/singlenews/1/11678/Political-News/Rain-in-Lahore-turns-roads-into-puddles.aspx

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  4. Rainwater concern at Presidency
    From the Newspaper

    ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari took serious notice of rainwater accumulating in the presidency during a spell of downpour in the capital on Monday, sources told Dawn.

    Three meetings that were scheduled to be chaired by Mr Zardari in the presidency in the day had to be shelved after sanitary lines were chocked, spilling water into the third and fourth flours of the building.—Staff Reporter

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/09/rainwater-concern-at-presidency.html

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  5. Rain wreaks havoc in Islamabad, cities in Punjab and KP
    Dawn Report | From the Newspaper

    ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Torrential rains in Islamabad, Lahore and other cities in Punjab, Dera Ismail Khan and other areas on Monday left four people dead, paralysed civic life and inundated main thoroughfares, creating serious problems for motorists and pedestrians.

    According to Met office, new monsoon currents had entered upper parts of the country, causing scattered rains or thundershower in Islamabad, Lahore, Okara, Dera Ismail Khan and scattered rains/thundershower in Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Peshawer, Kohat, Malakand, Hazara divisions and Kashmir.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/09/rain-wreaks-havoc-in-islamabad-cities-in-punjab-and-kp.html

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