No emergency exit gates in buses, assembly told

KARACHI: Sindh assembly here Tuesday told that there are no emergency gates in public transport buses in Sindh province, plying on inter-city or intra-city routes.

The lawmakers were discussing a resolution of Syed Khalid Ahmed of MQM that demanded all-out steps to ensure safety and security of passengers.

They said the greedy transporters have closed the emergency gates in their vehicles and placed extra seats on that space to maximize their profits; however, in case of road accidents, many innocent lives are lost due to lack the emergency exit gates. Citing the example of a recent fatal bus fire accident on link road near Superhighway Karachi in which dozens of passengers including women and children burnt alive, they said that this bus also had its emergency exit gate closed and extra seats installed there.

Rauf Siddiqui of MQM said even the big city like Karachi has no proper bus terminal where the condition and facilities in public transport buses are checked. Due to lack of government writ transporters erect their own bus terminals in commercial and residential areas.

Nusrat Sher Abbasi of PML-F said the transporter mafia has no regard for human lives and they are only concerned to get more and more profit at the cost of passengers; however, sadly, the Sindh government does not take action against them.

Pesu Mal of PPPP said at the toll plaza of Superhighway all passengers of buses are checked and humiliated by the government agencies, but these government departments do not check if these buses had proper emergency exit gates, hammers to break window panes in case of emergency, firefighting equipment and first-aid kit.

He asked the Sindh transport department to set up its own check posts on different highways of Sindh and check if the public transport vehicles have proper emergency exit gates, hammers to break window panes in case of emergency, firefighting equipment and first-aid kit, and other facilities mandatory as per law.

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