De­plorable pub­lic transport sys­tem

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SAI­FUL­LAH SID­DIQUI

I would like to bring to the no­tice of the con­cerned author­i­ties the de­clin­ing con­di­tions of pub­lic transport and some re­me­dial mea­sures to curb this prob­lem. The con­di­tion of pub­lic transport has been de­clin­ing due to mul­ti­ple fac­tors. Firstly the buses own­ers do not spend money on the pe­ri­od­i­cal up­keep and main­te­nance of their ve­hi­cles, to make the travel com­fort­able. More­over, fre­quent strikes, protests and un­fair burn­ing of mass tran­sit buses has also con­trib­uted greatly to the loss of in­ter­est of the trav­el­ling pub­lic on the pub­lic transport sys­tem.

The peo­ple feel in­se­cure while trav­el­ling by bus. More­over, the un­avail­abil­ity and over crowd­ed­ness of buses, cou­pled with rude and ar­ro­gant deal­ings of the bus driv­ers and con­duc­tors also bring ir­ri­ta­tion to the pub­lic. Peo­ple face dif­fi­cul­ties to get to their work on time and those who are to made sit on roof en­dan­ger them­selves.

This con­di­tion of pub­lic transport ne­ces­si­tates dras­tic changes in the man­age­ment sys­tem, in­cul­cat­ing a code of ethics for the con­duc­tors and driv­ers and en­cour­ag­ing more in­vest­ment in the transport sec­tor. — Karachi

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