CNG buses parked idle for want of ‘inauguration’ (with correction of month in Para 3 and 4)

KARACHI: Provincial bureaucracy is putting hurdles in letting 33 repaired CNG buses ply on board in a situation when citizens needed them most in overly congested traffic system on roads.

Chief Secretary of Sindh Sajjad Salim Hotiyana had said on 18th June that 33 CNG buses would soon be on roads, which were parked at the bus depot in Surjani Town.

Hotiyana had also directed the officers to take immediate measures to bring all repaired buses on roads to provide convenience to citizens.

Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhter Farooqui had also nodded positively on 28th June and had said that the buses would be on roads in around a week or two maximum.

However, the buses are still waiting for getting green light from the provincial government, who had given a large amount of money for the maintenance of the buses.

“The leadership of the main ruling party wants the buses to be inaugurated by their main leader. So, when this leader would arrive in Karachi after that the buses could be able to ply their routes and provide convenience to the citizens,”.

Project Director CNG buses Ghulam Rasool was steadfast not to disclose anything about the buses as to what kind of process they were going from. However, he said that buses were completely ready for plying on roads for the past two months and there was some process going on under Sindh government.

The buses had ceased functioning in 2008-09 in end of the tenure of former mayor of Karachi Mustafa Kamal, who had started the buses, because of lack of funds in his hands.

Now the buses are to ply a route from Quaidabad to Tower in first phase. The buses would stand at a depot in Quaidabad at night. The route has been surveyed and it has been determined that there is much need of transport on that route.

Spokesman of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Bashir Ahmed Sadozai suggested that people ought to use public transport rather than private buses, which was a cause of mass traffic jams. The revamping of CNG buses was a great move by the Sindh government catering to the need of citizens, he said.

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