Karachiites need tailor-made bikes to meet local demands


Karachi: Due to lack of proper public transport system in Karachi, majority of people use motorcycles to commute; however, the motorcycle manufacturers are yet to design a bike built as per local conditions to cater the demands of Karachiites, a seminar was told.

Lead trainer Faizan Usmani told the moot on seminar on ‘Creative Ideas on Good Governance-2014’ that there are many motorcycle manufacturing plants operating locally, but none of them has introduced the ‘most-needed bike’, which is designed according to the local conditions of Karachi, where there often remains a ban on pillion riding, and people have no choice, but to commute through crowded Chingchi rickshaws.

He said our local motorcycle manufacturers should design those ‘law-abiding’ bikes and motorcycles, which can be used for travelling with more than a single man, even without violating the imposed ban on the pillion riding. “Similarly, here local women sit sideways on the pillion seat of the motorcycles due to socio-cultural values and trends. Sitting sideways is not an easy task, and it requires additional care to keep up the body in balance, and a little negligence during travelling may cause serious injuries to women pillion riders all of a sudden. To date, motorcycle manufacturers have not introduced any motorcycle in the local market, which can be referred as ‘women-friendly.”

He said to create is to turn a minus into a plus, or to look for possibilities out of impossibilities. This is a well-integrated philosophy of life, rather than depiction of meaningless lines needlessly drawn on blank paper. Creative thinking paves the way for continuous human growth, and also takes the humanity out of suffering. Though it mostly goes unnoticed, but, we are, actually, served by the creativity round the clock.

Faizan Usmani proposed a multipurpose solution for the rapid growth, development and provincial solidarity across the country. He said there is a dire need to periodically change the national and provincial capitals of Pakistan, and we must periodically shift the designated capital cities (both national and provincial) recurrently to new locations.

He said that the proposed periodic change of federal and provincial capitals will pave the way for the rapid development and growth in less developed rural and urban areas. Shifting both national and provincial capitals to new places will be a revolutionary step ever taken by any government as it will solve a number of issues related with under development, slow-moving progress as well as a sense of escalating loneliness and economic and political deprivation in some areas of the country, he explained.

Shifting the capital would not be a new experience for Pakistan as we have already experienced the same capital shifting event in 1960. Beyond all attributes, e.g. climate, location, logistics, and defense requirements, etc. we can easily select a suitable site for the national capital to achieve listed objectives. For example, Dubai and Sharjah once remained simply deserted areas on the map of the world are now recognized as the highly-developed and the modern states of the world. If shifting the country’s national capital (Islamabad) is not that feasible at the moment, then we can, at least, think upon shifting our provincial capital cities to the new locations, he suggested.

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