Karachi transport problems

Sidra Shoaib

Nowadays the problems of public transport are increasing and becoming headache for the public and especially a torture for the students. The huge shortage of buses is the major source. People cannot travel due to the shortage of buses and also the high fares which are beyond the affordability of the poor masses. Most of the people of Karachi depend on the buses, mini buses and coaches as many of them do not have their personal cars and bikes and the fares of taxis and rickshaws are not affordable for them. Travelling through buses is a relatively cheap method and all types of people from a common man to a well-to-do citizen travel in them.
This ongoing public transport system makes the people change several buses to reach their destination. The buses which roam around in the city are unreliable, poorly maintained and worn-out and outlived and have limited capacity to accommodate the passengers. Most of the time, the buses are loaded with more-than-capacity passengers, and the passengers are forced to cling to the doors or perch on the roofs of the buses to take a ride. Moreover, the reckless driving by the bus drivers often turns into hazardous accidents while the overloading causes unbalancing and collapse of buses. Furthermore, there are limited seating capacities in the women compartment of the buses and mini buses. This allocation of less space for women in public transport causes major problems for women. I appeal to the government to address this problem by increasing the number of public buses and reducing the fares of the public transport buses and wagons.

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