Ministry plans to get 600 public buses back on Kabul roads
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) on Thursday said it was planning to get back on the road 600 puclic transport buses which had been parked due to technical problems, saying small private passenger vehicles had created traffic problems in capital Kabul.
MoTCA Minister Mohammadullah Batash said Kabul City did not lack transpor vehicles but the main problem was the absence of pubblic transport buses.
Speaking at a conference for Ministry of Finance officials, the transport minister said currently 612 public transport buses had been grounded at MoTCA parks due to technical problems.
He said his ministry had started repairing these buses in order to resolve traffic problems being faced by Kabul citizens.
In the last one decade, India, Japan, Pakistan and some other countries have donated 800 mini-buses to Afghanistan, but most of these vehicles were handed over to the private sector and others developed faults due to drivers’ carelessness and were grounded.
Kabul residents have to wait for hours to embark on private transport vehicles to reach offices and homes due to the lack of public transport.
However, Batash said India had promised donating 1,000 mini-buses and 500 of them would be imported to Afghanistan in near future. The ministry was establishing a repair center for mini-buses before they were imported, he said.
Batash said the lack of bus stands could be blamed for unruly traffic in the city, but his ministry in cooperation with the Kabul municipality would set up such facilities.
The minister said they planned to make a special route for mini-buses and in this regard, Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan had been asked for support.
“Our traffic problems would remain until we lack a special route for bus services,” he said.
Thousands of vehicles would move on Kabul roads three decades ago when the city’s population was one million people. But now more than 500,000 vehicles are moving in the city of more than five million of people.
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