Archive | Civic issues RSS feed for this section

Metro bus project: Van re-routing means increased fare for some commuters

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 11, 2014. Islamabad – In just six weeks, Rawalpindi’s famous Murree Road has become almost unrecognizable. Ditches have been dug, huge under-construction pillars have emerged across the road’s length and, from Faizabad to Saddar, giant machines and construction workers appear […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Water treatment project starved of funds

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 6, 2014, Islamabad – Those who drink the water must also pay for its quality. It is this simple logic which is likely to cause another delay in an already delayed project to further improve the quality of drinking water […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Metro Bus Project: Cost, environment impact assessment and dedicated route criticised at public hearing

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 4, 2014. Islamabad – Saturday’s public hearing on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report of the Metro Bus project’s Islamabad section might have been a case of “too little, too late” to protect against any potential environmental and economic harm […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

No more stops at Rawalpindi’s Chaklala Railway Station

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 14, 2014. Islamabad – At 11:47am on Saturday, a rail car from Lahore approaches the Chaklala Railway station, one of the oldest stations on Rawalpindi’s main railway line. But the train does not stop. Within five seconds, just long enough […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Managing Pindi’s historical inner city buildings

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 7, 2014. Islamabad – Rawalpindi’s historic inner city might gain long-term benefits and deserved recognition for its history and heritage through an ongoing pilot project, which aims to integrate management of historic resources with policies of urban development. The Rawalpindi […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Islamabad local government bill protects bureaucracy status quo

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Dec 31, 2013. Islamabad – Here in the federal capital, where governments are formed and dissolved, where political deals are made, alliances broken, laws passed, and the fate of the nation decided in luxurious assembly halls, here the residents have long […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Police try once again to win public’s trust through committees, not a change in attitude

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Nov 9, 2013. Islamabad – The capital’s police put its plan of overcoming the trust deficit between Islamabad residents and police in to practice on Friday. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sikandar Hayat and members of a newly formed “citizen police […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Taxi drivers protest against permit fines

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Nov 7, 2013. Islamabad – The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration assured taxi drivers their demand to allow taxis with Rawalpindi permits to drive in the capital would be met in “three to four days.” The administration’s claim came after hundreds […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

ITP fines scare taxi drivers

Islamabad – Most cab drivers in the twin cities are often aggressive and they seldom compromise on fare. But these past few days, the drivers, especially those from Rawalpindi, have looked genuinely scared. The source of their fear is a recent crackdown by the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) on any taxi driving in the federal […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Comment: Twin City transport woes

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Nov 4, 2012. I like travelling by public transportation. It’s an entirely subjective declaration for which I don’t find a lot of support. A major part of my public transport experience is based on intra- and inter-city travel in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The public transit system […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →