A privately-owned transport company owned by Muhammad Shafi has launched thirty air-conditioned (AC) buses in Karachi on Saturday. The buses will run on the same route in the beginning.
The route is from Dawood Chowrangi to Sharae Faisal to Tower. The fare is Rs100.
The owner, Shafi, said that AC coaches will also start running on two more routes soon.
Public transport is a major problem in Karachi and the lack of public transport in the city has led to a proliferation of rickshaws and Qingqis, which affect the flow of traffic.
Studies indicate that transportation-related worry can take a heavy toll on a person’s health, leading to high blood pressure and anxiety, among other illnesses.
A 2018 study conducted by the World Bank, titled ‘Transforming Karachi into a Livable and Competitive Megacity: A City Diagnostic and Transformation Strategy’ states that every day, an estimated 45 people compete for a single seat on a bus in the city, compared to 12 in Mumbai, India.