Rediscovering Karachi’s Forgotton Water Troughs
According to an elderly citizen, there used to be dozens of water troughs in Karachi but she has witnessed their steady destruction. Few people know who Shrimati Aplibai was. But perhaps some people do know what she did for Karachi. At a time before the creation of Pakistan, she had a water trough constructed outside Dow Medical College. As time has passed, people had almost forgotten that such places ever existed in the city but in 1995 some students of Dow Medical College came forward to restore the glory of the Aplibai trough outside their college. The society had also arranged for water and meals at various points for travelers or other needy people. And in the early 20th century, a public horse-tram service worked from Saddar to the Harbour area at Keamari.