a day without buses

Ever wonder why they didn’t call for strike on April 1st? Cuz no one would believe it. People have become so cautious of April Fools day that even serious stuff is taken as a joke.

Today, while coming for work (yes, I am working today, surprise surprise!!) I noticed there weren’t any buses and traffic was flowing smooth as it can be. All of a sudden I realized the major cause of traffic problems in Karachi is the buses. Big deal, you say. Not really, every one knew about it, but there was no way to prove it beyond a doubt. So today it has been revealed upon us that as long as these buses cruise around the town like they do, we will keep getting stuck in traffic congestions and the likes. How to resolve this issue, however, is an open debate and I don’t have that kind of vision to say anything on this topic.

Hope things stay peaceful today. I still have to get back home, you know.

5 Comments so far

  1. Shirazi (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2005 @ 5:36 pm

    Also tell what you see (and hear) while going back home. It is aeasier this way. Who cares what is being “aired”?

  2. Zubair (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2005 @ 3:49 am

    umar, buses and other mass commutes are the only solution to traffic problems in any metropolitan city.

    just imagine if buses were banned and all those people traveled in motor bikes and cars!! it would be HAVOC!

  3. aalahazrat (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2005 @ 5:22 pm

    I would agree with Zubair that Busses are the only reason we have some sanity in the traffic here. Just wonder if there were no busses, then the traffic would be tenfold.

    Also, I am of the opinion that taxation on cars be increased twenty times, so people can travel on busses and the daily commute times of hours upon hours upon hours are reduced.

  4. umar (unregistered) on April 4th, 2005 @ 11:29 am

    I never said we should ban the buses at all. that obviously would be bad for people who cannot afford a private vehicle. However, something has to done about the surge of minibuses and small coaches that just not let other vehicles breath. If we replace every two such minibuses with one big bus (something like the big green buses), then that will certainly reduce the traffic load and we will have a better public transport system. This, of course, is a very small suggestion and I am sure the think tanks of the city can come with a more organized and planned way to solve this issue.

    I think this deserves a separate post.

  5. aalahazrat (unregistered) on April 4th, 2005 @ 8:32 pm

    77,456 % agree.

    Actually they have banned any new minbusses. But they are still there illegally.

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