KARACHI - Taking notice of the shortage of public transport and woes of female passengers in the metropolis, the provincial government has decided to provide separate facility for local women. Sindh Minister for Transport, Akhtar Hussain Jadoon, disclosed this in an exclusive interview with The Nation on Friday. He further said the Karachi Public Transport System (KPTS) would be revived very soon. The Minister informed that in the first phase, at least 20 buses would be brought on to the City roads by the end of this month to facilitate only the women passengers. He further pointed out that ladies would be appointed to collect fares from the commuters. He admitted that public transport fares were not reduced according to decrease in the prices of petrol and said the government will take further steps in this regard. Replying to a query, the minister said that his department has written a letter to Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) and urging for further cut in the prices of diesel as all public and private transport run on the diesel. He informed the government has also decided to introduce token system for the route permits. Jadoon added that his department has already sent a summary to the competent authority for revival of magisterial powers of officials of regional transport authorities. Under magisterial powers, the transport officials can cancel route permits of buses, driving licenses, impose fines and announce sentences to persons found guilty in violation of traffic laws. Provincial minister further disclosed that his department has sent a summary to Chief Minister for handing over administrative control of regional/district transport authorities under provincial transport department as the controversial devolution plan introduced by Pervez Musharraf regime has created confusion and confrontation between two tiers of the government. The government has also planned to open driving schools in all district headquarters of the province. He said. It may be noted here that the four driving schools located in Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana and Sukkur are non-functional for the last several decades. "The government will not only make these schools functional but has also planned to open new training centres in other districts", the minister concluded.