A public embarrassment

Karachi’s overlords have been trying to bring CNG powered buses to this city for a long time to replace the ageing and obsolete fleet of public buses plying the roads at present. In the past this has ended up in some sort of financial scandal or broken promise.

The latest attempt is probably the most vexing of the lot. 125 buses are stuck in Dubai for some time now and each week’s revelations makes the story more bizarre. First, the buses were ordered, but the city’s overlords forgot to build CNG stations to fuel them. Then the buses were stuck in Dubai after a series of financial problems hit the deal.

And now for the most bizarre: the buses have no CNG kits and they are left-hand drives! (The News.)

15 Comments so far

  1. Sameer (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

    Hahahaha phir aik time hoga jab kaha jaye ga kah there is no one to travel isi leye deal is canceled

  2. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

    this is all transposrt mafia’s game
    w-11 mian kon jaye ga if big buses are there

  3. MB (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 4:03 pm

    Waah the fact that those gov. officers who were blind to see that they dont have CNG kit is the mistake of TRANSPORT MAFIA, what a ridiculous argument.

  4. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

    @MB: u got it wrong. these are so called deliberate mistakes. they dont buses to be in khi. thats it. can u plz temme where those financial problems come from????? after placing the order for buses?

  5. HITMAN (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

    Forget abt CNG. We do not have enough reserves of Natural Gas to run those buses. As far as the environment is concerned then the new engines whether diesel or gasoline, r quite efficient & environment friendly. Hence just please bring NEW diesel engine buses and forget abt CNG ones. The trade off isn’t worth it.

  6. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 6:44 pm

    we do have huge CNG resources. some of them have been found recently. ( i forgot the name of the area)

  7. Abdul (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

    The inside story is that these buses are basically Indian though have been routed from UAE. They have CNG kits exclusively and since there is no station at the port, they are arranging a portable station. But the Indian situation has stalled the problem, mainly due to HinoPak and Daewoo’s lobby. (Have this information from a vendor who is responsible for filling the buses).

  8. Ahmed (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

    Obviously none of you seems to have read the full report, it is a 300 Page study done by on KARACHI MASS TRANSIT CELL by CITY DISTRICT GOVERNMENT. Part 7, starting at page 169 all the way past 200 decribes ALL of these issues well in advance. Go do your reading first.

    15.1. Bus Specifications
    The route system is divided into 3 types of routes each requiring a different style of buses. The types of bus and their respective quantities are shown in Figures 15.1-1 to Figure 15.1-3 and are listed as:
    ÔÇß 18 metre articulated BRT bus (160 passenger capacity)
    ÔÇß 12 metre city bus – (70 passenger capacity)
    ÔÇß 8 metre midi bus (40 passenger capacity)
    18 metre articulated buses are described as a high floor (I.0 metre) to provide level boarding at bus stations. The bus is right hand drive but has the major passenger doors at right hand sides to match the median stations in the centre of the road. The doors are wide (1.5m) and number 3 or 4 to ensure fast loading and unloading.
    The manufacturers of this bus type are European and it is strongly recommended to select a manufacturer which has experience in supplying to BRT systems.

  9. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

    @IUnknown its Dhodak gas field near Dera Ghazi Khan

  10. ALAM (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 9:47 am

    I advise all Jamatis to avoid riding in buses….MQM’s grenades can come inside anytime


  11. Kalay-azaar (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 10:32 am

    You can’t beat the Karachi Transport Mafia…
    A Mass Transit Program is already outlined for the past 25 years and not a single step is taken towards it although the money is there! While Lahore and Rawalpindi are advertising for consultants for putting a Mass Transit system in place, the KMTP remains tied up in red tape.

    The CNG buses will arrive, ply on the roads and then be scrapped soon, if they are not set alight at the first slightest civic disturbance.

    I wonder why its always the bigger, newer, cleaner bus that is set on fire and not the smoke emitting noisy and rickety 30 year old bus???

    Transport Mafia….. ??? Or some habitual arsonists?

  12. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    now u understand @MB? every thing has been opened infront of u :)

  13. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 12:11 pm

    u r rite @doctor. ALLAH has bestowed us with the resources. if we get sincere wid our selves, we can make this nation and country , to the position where it was , long ago

  14. Ali (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 2:44 am


    its seems that the problem is resolved

  15. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

    @alam: wat the hell u always speak abt. if u dont follow ne religion then y u keep taunting on others who have brains???

    @MB: i thought u r a good guy but now …, ah!!!

    @Doctor: altaf is a sissie, Fiaza gabool found that and divorced Altaf (perhaps) :)

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