KARACHI: For the past few Sundays, the residents of Creek Vista Apartments in DHA, Phase VIII, Karachi have been subjected to extreme noise pollution liable to rupture their ear drums. Hundreds of motorcycles and cars use street number 16 of the area for staging races. All traffic laws are broken as the vehicles try to outrace each other. Most of the vehicles have broken silencers that add to the noise. It’s a miracle that so far, no one has been killed, although a couple of accidents have taken place.
I have a strong suspicion that boys from rich and influential families are involved in this dangerous practice as the DHA authorities have done nothing — like making speed breakers — to discourage the practice. I suppose only a major accident will convince them to ban these races.
Shakir Lakhani
Published In The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2012.