By Fareeha Qayoom
Check out the skyline and the rows of housing in the following image. Notice anything funny?
- We don’t seem to have any green vegetation by and large, (except for a row of trees near the parking lot).
- We have a lot of flat roofed homes -in other words, there is plenty of room for solar panels (and roof gardens) – only if the technology was affordable and available to an average Joe (read Aslam) and we had thought of green roofs or roof gardens when we built our homes and could afford them to begin with!
- There is only one company supplying the water storage solutions – notice the blue water tanks on the roofs. 😀
- Notice the haphazard development? The chaos and lack of cohesiveness in this image? No clear zoning.
- Residential, commercial, and sewage drain all co-exist peacefully together. No, this is not a shanty town or a slum. It’s a middle class residential area adjacent to Model Town. (Though, its tough defining the middle class now in Pakistan – is it an income group that can afford their own place, runs their own transport, sends their kids to private schools and can afford a UPS, fridge, cable TV, smart phone, desk top computer so on and so forth? No, I am not describing the rich here. The middle class has to do all that too. All Pakistani citizens regardless of their income group have to provide these basic amenities for themselves – alternative energy solutions, private schooling, private housing, private transport, private security, private blah, blah, blah).
- Did you check out the garbage in the vacant lots?
- Did you see the skyline in this image? Is it pollution or smog which is plaguing our city? I couldn’t decide. It could be both. It was quite sunny when I took this photo (around 2:00 PM) today. Hmmm….no wonder a picture is worth a thousand words at least. 😀
Bottom line, Lahore is becoming highly polluted – let’s all plant trees. (This, we can do at an individual level and it doesn’t cost a lot, though the tree might take up some of our time and TLC to grow and thrive). This is doable.
As Nike says, “Just do it!”
Lahore – A view from my office window – Feb 6, 2015