Sindh assembly wants stern action against transporter mafia

KARACHI: Sindh assembly here Tuesday discussed the matters related to public transport sector, especially in Karachi, and the members demanded to take stern action against the transporter mafia.

They were talking on a private resolution of Syed Khalid Ahmed of MQM, regarding ensuring safety of passengers.

Khalid Ahmed said the provincial transport department should take stern action against the transporter mafia that is fleecing commuters. These transporters raise bus fares when oil prices are raised but did not decrease it when the oil prices are down. However, the Sindh transport department do not take any action against them and ensure its writ.

Suhrab Sarki of PPPP supporting the resolution said a moving junk is running on the roads of Karachi in the name of minibuses. He asked to keep these junk buses off road.

Moin Amir Prizada of MQM said the government issues fitness certificates to rickshaws and taxis despite the fact that they even do not have fare meter! He said the fitness certificates to public transport vehicles should be given on merit.

Shamim Mumtaz of PPP also strongly demanded to take action against the transporters. She regretted that whenever the government takes action against the private public transporters they threat a strike.

Nasir Hussain Shah of PPPP demanded to lower the bus fares immediately. He said the government should ban running the minibuses on CNG.

Khawaja Izharul Hassan of MQM said in other parts of the world, the public transport is meant to facilitate commuters but in Karachi it is meant to torment the commuters. He said this sector in totally un-audited and government does not receive any revenue from it and nor the people are facilitated.

Dewan Chand Chawila of MQM said in Karachi people are seen sitting on the rooftops of dangerously old minibuses. He said it depicts like a human zoo, as commuters have to perch on the rooftops of minibuses like birds. He demanded to change the old and dangerous minibuses with some respectable looking public transport vehicles.

Later, the house passed the resolution unanimously.

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