RAWALPINDI: Commuters are still waiting for the new bus service on different routes of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad promised by the Punjab government. Commuters said that the provincial government has forgotten the work of public welfare.
About ten months back, the District Regional Transport Authority (DRTA) sent a summary regarding launch of 300 new buses on different routes of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad to Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif for approval.
The new buses were to be run by the Pakistan Transport Welfare Association and Owners Association on 11 routes of the twin cities. They were expected to be on roads within a week at that time, but still there were no signs of the new buses, sources said.
Besides all these, the existing transport system in the federal capital is also deplorable. The bus service from Karachi Company to Pak-Secretariat via Blue Area and Saddar Rawalpindi to different areas of Islamabad is no more than a hell for a commuter, particularly in the morning and evening hours.
Pushing and pulling of female, aged people and other passengers is a routine matter in these buses. Ahmed Kashif Saeed, an employee of the Pak-Secretariat lamented that he was fed up with the poorest transport service at the secretariat route, adding that, passengers have to stand in queues for hours in the morning time.
Meanwhile Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration and Capital Development Authority (CDA) have failed to provide public transport for the recreational sites in the federal capital. CDA has been earmarking handsome budget in the name of development of recreation facilities but non-availability of public transport restricts common man to take advantage of these recreational facilities.
The popular recreational places in the capital are Islamabad zoo, Pir Sohawa, Daman-e-Koh, F-9 Park, Shakerparian and Rawal Dam lake view Park, where visitors have to reach either by their own transport or hire special taxi.
Islamabad zoo is situated under the foot of Margala hills, which is totally a cut off area without a route for public transport. In such a situation, if one intends to visit the zoo along with one’s family, he has to specially hire a taxi for this purpose. Pir Sohawa and Shakerparian are also beyond the approach of a common man. Rawal Lake View Park also lacks public transport facilities.-ONLINE