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9.6.14

PUBLIC TRANSPORT * Pakistan - India

* Punjab - Demand for more Metro buses


Lahore,Punjab,Pakistan -The Nation, by JANISAR AHMED -June 08, 2014: -- Shortage of metro buses is causing huge discomfort to the commuters, who are forced to queue up in long lines and travel in tightly packed vehicles to the detriment of their health, The Nation explains... Officials in the Metro Bus Service told this newspaper that the average commuter traffic per day is 18,0000 while the number of buses plying on the 27 KM Gajjumata to Shadara route is 64. At every stop, an average of 6000 commuters commute each day... “The existing fleet of buses is not enough for the travellers, which often rises to 2,00000 per day,” the official said... He said that while there are three platforms at each station which are meant for three buses to be used simultaneously, only one of them is in use. Given the number of commuters, these vacant platforms would have to be used which would require at least 40 more buses, he added... Officials told that while a single bus has a capacity for 160 passengers including 39 seats and standing space for 120 persons, an average bus is overloaded by 50 extra passengers. Overcrowding also impacts negatively on the engine of the vehicles, chokes up the ticket offices resulting in long lines of travellers... 


* Punjab - Overcrowded buses pose threat to passengers' lives


(Photo: Overcrowded Bus-Ride in Hyderabad, India) Ludhiana,Punjab,India -The Hindustan Times, by Sumeer Singh -7 June 2014: -- Giving two hoots to the guidelines of the apex court, overcrowded buses continue to ply on the city roads- posing serious threat to the lives of thousands of passengers... The site of travellers hanging outside the doors on footboards and sitting on top of the buses has become a common affair in the city and surprisingly, traffic cops deployed on duty at various light points usually turn a blind eye and act as mute spectators... On visiting one of the busiest roads in the city, Ferozepur road, one can see buses laden with passengers on all sides, thus causing traffic chaos and danger to their lives. Some people say private bus operators, in order to fetch more money, board passengers more than the capacity of the vehicles... District transport officer, Anil Garg, said, "Though we regularly keep a check on over loaded buses and violators are challaned for the offense, we will ensure that more effective measures are taken to stop this practice" ...

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