Police impound scores of buses in Karachi. PHOTO: FILE KARACHI: As Karachi continues to sprawl outwards, the lack of an adequate public transportation system remains a bane for the megacity. While the authorities have some high profile long-term initiatives in the pipeline, little has been done to address the metropolis’s growing need for affordable transport in the short run. The provincial government had previously sought the assistance of the Daewoo private bus service in an attempt to manage the city’s burgeoning transport crisis. However, seven months after signing the memorandum of understanding, the company has so far been unable to add a single vehicle to the city’s dwindling fleet of around 4,000 public buses. According to Sindh transport minister Owais Shah, Daewoo has already been issued a warning and the company hopes to bring in the promised buses within the next three months. “However, if the company fails to provide the promised fleet of buses, they are going to face penalties under the law,” he told The Express Tribune. Shah explained that the Korean company had inked an agreement with the Sindh government to bring and operate 1,000 air-conditioned CNG buses in the city, the routes for which have already been… Read full this story
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