Urban transport badly neglected in city, says DIG


KARACHI: Deputy Inspector General of Police Karachi Licence Department Aftab Pathan said on Thursday that Sindh department of transport has badly neglected the urban transport system and resultantly commuters suffering from acute shortage of public transport in the city.

He said it seems the only work left for the department is to issue route permits to commercial vehicles which is their source of earning money.

No proper efforts have been taken so far for the betterment of urban transport system in Karachi, he regretted.

The DIG said commercial vehicles including dumper-trucks, water tanker-trucks and other heavy vehicles which get permits for inter-city routes have posed a grave danger for lives of commuters and pedestrians in the metropolis. He said as many as 70 percent of those commercial vehicles’ drivers have goy invalid licenses or issued licenses from other rural parts of the country.

The DIG said in the developed countries, the urban transport system is always given the top priority to get rapid socioeconomic development but in Sindh province no such steps have been taken by concerned department so far.

He said it is alarming news that Sindh Transport Department has yet given another important responsibility to issue vehicles fitness certificates.