No point waiting for the mass transit system

There is no doubt that a mass transit system will serve as a good solution to the problems faced by Karachi but...

Sohail Khattak November 03, 2013

Waiting in a massive traffic clog in the evening, when people try, impatiently, to reach their homes after a long tiresome day, one finds the motorcyclists, rickshaws and even bus drivers pushing their vehicles into the small empty spaces, thus further blocking the already clogged traffic. One silently watches these troublemakers or sometimes even curses them along with those responsible for the failure of traffic regulation in the city. Suffering in traffic clogs in Karachi has become a routine practice because the government has not done anything to come up with a permanent solution to this problem.

The government has constructed flyovers, underpasses and bridges but they are not sufficient for a city of more than 20 million souls and 3.6 million vehicles — both numbers are rapidly increasing. Each time the government faces criticism due to the persisting traffic and transport problems, it uses the cover of its plans to restart circular railways and bus rapid transit systems but each time, the projects go back into cold storage where they are forgotten. There is no doubt that a  mass transit system will serve as a good solution to the problems faced by Karachi but in all honesty, we need to look for alternatives as the mass transit system has become a mere dream.

If the government wants to control the traffic flow on the existing road networks without bringing a new system into the equation, then it has to improve the current performance of the traffic police by increasing its strength and giving the force incentives to discourage the culture of bribery. Our government will have to increase traffic fine rates further as the previous increase proved to be insufficient. Cars being parked, legally and illegally, along the roads and intersections that obstruct traffic need to be removed. Schools cause massive traffic congestions in almost every part of the city because of the lack of proper school bus systems, while parents wait on roads for their children, so developing an effective, secure school bus system would be quite helpful. Plazas and shopping centres should not be allowed to operate without providing parking facilities to their visitors. Furthermore, removal of encroachments by roadside vendors and bus stands, and a continuous campaign to educate people regarding traffic rules and its importance for their safety are the needs of the day for casing traffic congestion.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd, 2013.


Fazal | 8 years ago | Reply

Dear Sohail Khattak you have done to good job and pointed out the issue which facing common peoples. As you said, I have personally experience and every day I am suffering of traffic jam problem. Every day in evening I am passing main Shahrahe faisal and regular I am getting stuck in traffic. Somewhere traffic police were available but don't in the movement condition. I think there is no-one commen men and police follow reule, thats why total system is damage. And we listened some time about mass transit, but I think it will be never truth because we have listened many more like that, and no anyone become truth.

Syed Minhaj Uddin | 8 years ago | Reply

Assalam O Alaikum,

the only solution that now a days circulating in my brain blood , may some reader have potential to implement this is Social Mass Transit for Karachi, if ALHUMDULILLAH we have so much potentially strong people that can initiate ambulance network that is the soul responsibility of government then why not Mass Transit , if some one initiate this he can capture around 100 of buses from Business community like if Engro just gift 10 buses to Karachi than they have royalty to use for its marketing and maintenance and drivers are also sole responsibility of private firms so this can be long and smooth running plan .


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