Exasperated with Metrobuses?

There’s a news report in Dawn today about the Metrobuses in Karachi running without any proper airconditioning. “Finally!” was my first reaction, because most Metrobuses in Karachi have had this problem since February now. While I haven’t travelled in one since my summer vacaion started, I’m sure the situation is even worse now. As the news item states:

As the windows of these so called air-conditioned coaches are usually kept closed, their passengers have to bath in their own perspiration due to no ventilation.

Metrobuses have definitely gone from being convenient and comfortable to crummy and cumbersome. Also, has anyone noticed how much more slower they’ve gotten?

3 Comments so far

  1. misha (unregistered) on June 20th, 2005 @ 12:13 pm

    About time. The UTS-21 has the same problem. Giant bus, huge windows that are sealed shut and tiny ventilation panels near the roof.


  2. Shariq (unregistered) on June 20th, 2005 @ 12:56 pm

    I am an old traveller in metro coaches and I still do. In early times they provided low noise quick commuting with luxury of having ACs and seat-by-seat travel plus some good gentry. Now its just the seat-by-seat factor that has remained.

    Most people are only traveling in these buses because of the non-exisence of a substitute.

    I think we should bycott traveling in metro buses whose ACs are not working. By taking this step we can probably convince the adminstrators of the serious need of mintainance of these caoches.

    My sorry behaviour nowadays is: I get in the metro, if I find the AC not working, I step out.


  3. Saadie (unregistered) on June 21st, 2005 @ 3:39 am

    True, few days back I traveled in metro after a gap of almost a year (back then I used to commute daily), must say I was quite shocked by the state of that particular bus(infact planed to post it here but didnít :) ). But I guess it shouldnít have been surprising thatís the way things are run here no concept of maintenance and keeping standards. Metro sure was blessing and it is sad to see it go down this way. I guess writing in papers might bring about some change.



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