CNG buses parked idle for want of inauguration





KARACHI: The provincial bureaucracy has put hurdles in letting 33 repaired CNG buses ply on roads in a situation when the citizens needed them most, in an overly congested traffic system.
Sindh Chief Secretary Sajjad Salim Hotiyana had said on July 18 that 33 CNG buses would soon be on the 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 to provide convenience for citizens. 
Administrator Rauf Akhter Farooqui had also nodded positively on July 28 and had said that the buses would be on the roads in around a week or two maximum. However, the buses are still waiting to get the green light from the provincial government that 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. It is when this leader would arrive, then after that, the buses will be able to ply on their routes and provide convenience to the citizens, according to sources.
CNG buses Project Director Ghulam Rasool was steadfast not to disclose anything about the buses as to the kind of process they were undergoing. However, he said that the buses were completely ready for plying on the roads for the past two months and there was some process going under the Sindh government. The buses had ceased functioning in 2008-09 during the end of former mayor Mustafa Kamal’s tenure, who started the buses, because of lack of funds. Now the buses are to ply a route from Quaidabad to Tower in their first phase. The buses would stand at a depot in Quaidabad during the night. The route has been surveyed and it has been determined that there is much need of transport on that route.
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Spokesman Bashir Ahmed Sadozai suggested that people ought to use public transport rather than private buses, which was a cause of mass traffic jams. “Revamping CNG buses was a great move by the Sindh government catering to the need of citizens,” he said.

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