Neglected Lahore

Published: March 22, 2011
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LAHORE: Ahmad Rafay Alam’s article of March 21 titled “The hidden cost of infrastructure development” is a gem. The moment one leaves Lahore, it is depressing to see people living in extreme filth without access to clean drinking water, adequate healthcare and so on. And despite this, the provincial government is spending hundreds of millions of rupees on an overpass that will serve mostly the well-heeled.

The numbers and information given in the article should open the eyes of citizens to the fact that Lahore, despite its much-hyped development, is a much neglected city and that underpasses are not the answer. What the city needs to solve is its traffic mess and public transport system. It also shows the kind of priorities that we have in terms of development and resolving our civic issues.

A Suhail

Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2011.

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  • Andrea
    Mar 22, 2011 - 10:49PM

    Trust me, my relatives living 1 hour outside of Lahore in a village all welcome the underpass and want to see Lahore develop even though they don’t live there. For whatever reason, people outside of Lahore all take pride in whatever is being improved in that city. Maybe they assume it will have some trickle down effect for the rest of the province and nation. The saying is what is good for Lahore is good for everyone. It is the cultural gem of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Viqar ul Haq
    Mar 23, 2011 - 12:57PM

    Well, there is nothing wrong with this high profile project, it will provide employment to thousands and help trade improve. It is not the high heeled who will benefit, it is the general economy that will benefit. However, the govt must provide some model projects in the rural areas also as it will improve its prestige and will be remembered for times to come. Recommend

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