KARACHI: The basic reason for our transport problems is that the government is not adequately expanding the mass transit system. It should be embarrassing for the authorities that people prefer private vehicles over their dilapidated systems.
Other transport woes include improper infrastructure and corruption in the traffic department. Everywhere in the world, alternative routes are designed before starting maintenance work. Contrarily, here, people have to deal with broken roads and open manholes themselves.
Traffic jams lead to dangerous accidents, robberies, patient deaths in ambulances, fuel wastage, and stress.
Main routes are intermittently closed by government authorities because of protocols, religious and political processions and meetings, which aggravate traffic problems. Public transport drivers and others who have political connections get away with speeding and other violations, also owing to a weak legal system cannot punish them. The government does not need to be told that traffic jams cost a lot of expensive imported fuel.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2017.