Short­age of KU point buses

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - KAINAT RASOOL SIYAL

Thou­sands of stu­dents of the Karachi Univer­sity (KU) face im­mense prob­lems in reach­ing the cam­pus due to acute short­age of univer­sity point buses. Presently, there are just 27 point buses to cater to the needs of some 28,000 stu­dents and teach­ers, and the univer­sity ur­gently re­quires at least 80 more buses to fa­cil­i­tate its stu­dents, fac­ulty and non-teach­ing staff.

Presently there are just 34 point buses in the fleet of the var­sity and out of them only 27 are in work­ing con­di­tion; and the bus-stu­dent ra­tio is just 1:1000. The point buses presently ply­ing on var­i­ous routes are dan­ger­ously over­crowded, as in the past some stu­dents lost their lives or got them­selves in­jured af­ter fall­ing from these over­crowded buses.

Ac­cord­ing to the Trans­port In­charge, the stu­dents are charged just Rs 3 each, for a long time, de­spite the in­creas­ing price-hike and rise in fuel prices, and if fund­ing po­si­tion is not re­vis­ited and brought re­al­is­ti­cally up­ward, the fares might be in­creased which will def­i­nitely not a wel­come step for the stu­dents. He un­der­lined the need to make the funds avail­able and make them more re­al­is­tic to avoid any prob­lems and to stream­line the univer­sity trans­port system. — Karachi

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