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Transport shortage irks working women, students

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ISLAMABAD: The working women and students of the twin cities are facing severe transport problems during rush hour and have to wait for hours to get a seat to reach their destinations.Many women complained that the exclusive transport service for women “Tabeer” is operating only on two routes i.e Route No 1, and Route No 7, but their is no facility for women travelling on the other routes, adding that the number of women specific vans on these two routes is also not sufficient.Hina Ghani, an employee of a private firm in Blue Area, said, “It is hard to get a seat from 4pm to 6pm after leaving office due to rush at van stops, and same is the situation in the morning. She said that the drivers are not willing to board women on vans except the two front seats reserved for them, and these women are left with no option but to wait for hours. She complained that the number of women specific vans is also quite limited and not plying on all the routes. She opined that the problem would not solve until and unless the authorities concerned take the matter seriously and revise the women seats in all public transport.Shumaila Ramzan, a student of Foundation University, said that she lives at SaidPur Road which is not far away from her university, but she has to leave her home at 6am to attend the first lecture at the university at 8.30am. She said that the two seats were reserved almost three decades back, and no one bothered to look into the matter again or revise the seats despite daily complaints from women. She appealed the commissioner to pay heed on their major demand and take the issue seriously, as a large number of women travel daily between the twin cities for jobs, studies, and other household purposes. She commented that it is the right of women and responsibility of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) to take immediate steps for redressing the complaints of women and fulfil their long lasting demand. 

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