Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mini buses of Karachi.


I want to draw the attention of  City government towards poor transport of Karachi.Karachi is  a big and metropolitan city of Pakistan.Being the biggest and the backbone of the country's economy it should be the model city in all the aspects but unluckily it seems that all the problems are for khi-iets whether it be the electricity problem,water shortage,drainage system or the transport.Though city government has built-up many over-head bridges and under-passes.No doubt this all is worth appreciation but at the same time there should be a strict check on the bus drivers as well as on the conditions of buses.As there is no check and balance over them bus drivers do very and rash dangerous driving .

They also break rules:
1.By playing the songs in full volume.
Last week I was coming back to home via bus when suddenly it caught the fire.Reason was driver seemed drunk and was listening songs in ears-bursting volume.Luckily all the passengers remained safe and no harm came to anyone.

2.Race competitions:
I have noticed when two buses of same route are close to each other, both of the bus drivers try to cross and overtake each other as if there is some sort of  bus-competition going on.This risk the lives of several passengers sitting in the buses.Moreover,in order to win these illegal competitions they don't give enough time to passengers to step out from the bus properly after they reach their destinations which may also cause injuries and sometimes dangerous accidents.

As a student I request City government to please launch the buses for "Female students" as Punjab government did and keep the fares low.Buses for female students are an increasing demand now because the simple mini buses running in all over the city don't have enough space for the girls. They contain a very little sized compartment for girls which is also over crowded with the gents.As a result girls feel insecure and uncomfortable inside.
Plus, the songs which are being played in the buses have very vulgar language and are contradictory to our cultural values and ethics.Therefore "tape recorders" should be strictly banned and government should take more measures to make sure the comfortable environment for all the passengers equally..

Use of extra mirrors:
Usage of extra mirrors should also be banned,drivers and conductors harass the female passengers indirectly via looking in those mirrors.I cant understand why on earth they use so many mirrors inside when  they cant be used in anyway other than harassment.

This is the voice of many Khi-iets, specially students.We all shall be grateful to City government if our voice is heard!

 

21 comments:

Akhtar Wasim Dar said...

Most pertinent issue and quite effectively communicated with skill and flow. ReeBz, this is an important issue and you should send this to LETTER TO THE EDITOR of any national newspaper like DAWN. This must be heard and taken note of by the authorities.

ReeBz said...

Sir,
Thanks for appreciation and for advise. i'll Inshaallah send it tomorrow in DAWN and The news.

ReeBz said...

I have done a blender i rejected two comments by mistake in which one was by Connie and the second one was by "Pak blend".Both were suggesting to send this letter to an editor of the newspaper.
Thanks to all of you.I sent it to the DAWN's editor yesterday.
Its my request to both of you, if you can get some more time then re-post your comments as i really wanted them here.
Thanks.

smarty said...

It is very sad to know that condition is so poor.we in lahore keep hearing about daily accidents in Karachi due to these speedy mini buses.Government should really take notice. Good that you have sent it to DAWN.....

filpaki said...

Buses of khi are really very terrible.I traveled in bus very few times and always it terrified me. specially when they try to race and win.I hope someone responsible read this article and help us in getting rid of such buses.

Adeela said...

I hate the songs bus drivers are fond of.They are vulgar enough to bend our heads with shame and embarrassment.Their should be some certain rules and songs should be banned because in buses both males and females travel together and to bear such vulgarity is horrifying.
I want to add one more point in the list you presented.
There should be perfect big gap between the seats of male passengers and the female passengers,Because gents sitting behind tries to pass fingers from the gap and are involved in unethical habits which annoy and harass women.

ReeBz said...

@ adeela;
I completely agree with you, i missed this point!

@filza
Just wish that you never need to travel in these buses :D as far as you are away from buses you're safe!

@Smarty
Thanks for coming.

smarty said...

Good that these buses are not in lahore but every city has its own problems i do not know how true but i have heard that transportation in karachi is much cheaper than lahore cause here you can only get qingqi rickshaws whose min fare is 20Rs, more than enough! second option is normal metro buses, they are good in quality but less in no.. so students have to face difficulty!

smarty said...

SecondlY these buses creat noise and environmental pollution. Drivers decorate their buses like a bride lol :D you can find everything inside bus including hair catchers, beads, flowers and even bengals :D
just check how much they admire beauty! :P

ReeBz said...

Smarty you are right but actually we dont have any problems with their sense of decoration :)

Thinking said...

hmm...I did reply earlier too...I think...it had been mistakenly deleted too...

dont worry even if you deleted it on purpose...I am very fine to write again...

but sorry I literally forgot what I had written earlier...

so I will just say now....

DONT YOU EVER REEBZ MAKE THIS MISTAKE....hmmm

ReeBz said...

Thinking:
why would i delete your comment on purpose? like all the bloggers i love comments here until and unless they are not offensive.Moreover, now Me,You,Komal,Connie,Urooj,Sir Akhter and Sir Khurram are a part of our blog circle and i like comments by all.
Thanks for coming here again but be assured that i DID NOT get any comment from you earlier so it is not possible to delete it whether knowingly or by mistake..
I think there is some problem in blogger, because one of my friend saying that he commented too but i cant find his comment on dashboard...

Thinking said...

hmm...ok...accepted...

Dont worry...I was just TEASING you...lol

hmm...Yes I wanted to tell you also that there is some problem with your blog as sometimes I cant open it at all....may be its too heavy or may be...whatever...

I wish I could have knowledge of changing the codes of blogs and make it more dashing....sigh...

Anyhow...good luck. Thanks.

ReeBz said...

Thinking thanks for coming :)
Lol.. teasing :D and i felt that you are feeling offended,Thanks God nothing wrong..i cant afford that any of my cyber friend feels cross with me cause like you i too dont have a large no. of friends and i m also not at all a social person..
I have just few,intelligent cyber friends,including you :)

Hasaan Rafique said...

Nice post! Good topic and nicely written :) Public buses are synonymous to havoc these days. Such issues have been brought up many times but sadly, the government has never taken any step to improve this situation :(

Bus drivers usually don't have buses of their own, they are hired by others. For this reason, they do not care for them as they would care for their own properties. This gives rise to their rash, speedy and careless driving and the many accidents everyday. A huge number of emergency cases appearing in hospitals are due to carelessness of bus or van drivers.

As for the misbehaviour of the drivers and passengers with the female passengers, this is because there is no check and balance for such issues in public transport and so they gain a freehand and try to harass them. Either women should have separate buses, or the authorities must appoint people to keep secretly keep a frequent eye on activities like this in the buses, and report it if needed.

I'm glad you sent this article to Dawn and i hope it gets published and motivates the authorities to take some steps on this issue :)

ReeBz said...

I'm Checking DAWN's letter to editor section daily but nooooooo signs yet :D

hina said...

LOL exactly!
buses are even more tragic indeed! i hv got less chances to travel by bus but whenever i do i get troubled.

Danial Shah said...

I agree to what you have said! Specially i used to hate those bus races while having a fear of smashing into some vehicle on road :@ :_

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