ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Sustainable Transport Project on Tuesday organised a political dialogue to reaffirm the need for sustainable transport systems in the country and to discuss the stance of prominent political parties on the issue of mass transit systems.
The dialogue titled “Commuting with Dignity: A Political Dialogue on Sustainable Urban Transport in Pakistan” aimed to secure a commitment from political parties towards raising awareness of and supporting development of mass transit systems that are safe, clean and comfortable for citizens.
Shireen Mazari, representing PTI, stressed the mindset that public transport in Pakistan is a means of transportation for the lower classes should change.
She emphasised on the need and implementation of laws and regulations that provide safety to passengers and also regulate transporters.
PML-N’s Marvi Memon discussed how projects like the Metro Bus helped generate employment and contributed to bridging the urban-rural divide.
Shehla Raza, of the PPP, highlighted the need for establishing a driver training and safety centre to promote responsible behaviour on roads.
MQM’s Tahir Hussain Mashhadi said “divisions among classes and people disappear when all the people sit in the same bus”.
Shahi Syed of ANP said the problem of transportation was not the problem of one man; rather the entire country suffered as a whole on a daily basis. Mahmood Cheema, the country representative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Pakistan appreciated the involvement of political parties in maintaining a positive approach towards public transport issues in Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2015.