Karachi is grappling with a severe public transport crisis. The World Bank has highlighted a shortage of 13,000 buses, which has led to significant transportation challenges for the city’s residents. Currently, the city’s public and private sectors operate a total of 1,029 buses. This fleet includes 240 People’s Bus Service buses, 100 BRT buses, and 689 older private vehicles.
In response to this crisis, the interim Sindh government has proposed an ambitious plan to revamp the city’s public transport system. A feasibility study is underway to add an additional 500 buses to the existing network. However, according to the World Bank’s research, a sustainable citywide public transport system would require a total of 15,000 buses.
The interim minister has emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships in addressing this transport gap. He urged competent private transporters to play a more significant role in the city’s transportation system, acknowledging the severity of the situation.
The Sindh Transport Department has briefed the Caretaker Provincial Minister of Finance, Revenue, and Planning and Development, Muhammad Younus Dagha, about the proposed projects. The government is also planning to launch more initiatives to improve the city’s transportation infrastructure.
This ambitious plan by the interim Sindh government aims to alleviate the city’s public transport crisis and provide a more efficient and reliable transport system for Karachi’s residents. However, the success of these initiatives will depend on effective implementation and the active participation of both public and private sectors.