KARACHI: Experts on Tuesday called for proper implementation of traffic management’s policy and suggested government to keep it continue to cater the increasing traffic congestion for larger benefit of business community, commuters and private transporters in the metropolis.
They were speaking at the workshop entitled “Sustainable Urban Transport Policy and Transport/Traffic Management Issues”, organized by Pakistan Sustainable Transport (PAKSTRAN) Project, Sindh in collaboration with UNDP at a local hotel on Tuesday.
The program was attended by a large number of people from CIU Sindh, PAKSTRAN’s Director Fazal Karim Khatri and Manager Yar Mohammad, Karachi Traffic Police Department’s DIG Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh and other officials, CNG Owners Association’s President Malik Khuda Bux, NED University’s Department of Urban and Infrastructure Engineering Chairman Mir Shabbar Ali and representatives from Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Associations.
Prof Dr Mir Shabbar Ali said that at least Rs 400 billion of fuel burn annually due to the traffic congestion in the city which is directly or indirectly costing the Karachiites as per the survey report conducted by NED University. Dr Shabbar said there is dire need of rapid bus transit system that could minimize the tension of commuters who at the present are facing acute shortage of public transport in the metropolis.
During the program, Dr Shabbar delivered the presentation on PAKSTRAN Project Sindh’s draft policy and its implementations, in which he had recommended officials concern to give top priority particularly to pedestrians, woman and disables in the Rapid Bus Transit which is underway to facilitate Karachiites. The population growth in Pakistan is 2.54% while the Sindh province is growing fast in urban population about 2.58%. He said RBT project is the need of the hour in Karachi. He said it would also be expanded to other urban cities of Sindh including Hyderabad, Badin, Larkana, Nawabshah and Sukkur.
He said the database system should be made for the urban transport. He suggested all stack holder related to transport should work under one umbrella.
Yar Mohammad said that the transport sector should be declared as the industry in Pakistan so that private investors could invest in it. He said they are bringing sustainable urban transport which will be fuel efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly. He said they had focused on coordination and communication to make successful the project. For the capacity building, they had organized many workshops and traffic awareness sessions in the city for transporters, commuters, students and traffic police.
He said Karachi is facing acute shortage of public transport where only 6% public transport is available for 42% commuters so they are working with sincerity to facilitate public on urgent basis.
Fazal Karim Khatri presented vote of thanks to all guests. He said they are going to inaugurate the one corridor of Orange Line soon in the city.