The commercial area used to have a service lane solely catering to businesses, with routes leading to apartment buildings and houses in Clifton Block 2.
A section of Khayaban-e-Saadi that leads down to Marine Promenade has now been blocked off and is solely for official use. This means that the other side of the road that leads to Bilawal Chowrangi has been transformed into a double road, converting a service lane into a full-fledged road.
When VIPs pass through, all entry and exit routes are sealed by containers, etc, which only leaves the route to Ziauddin Hospital open. The other roads are already choked by oil tankers that are defying a Supreme Court order to vacate the area. The tankers have also started parking on the hospital road.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2012.