ISLAMABAD  – Owing to the negligence of Capital Development Authority (CDA), various bus stops in federal capital are in dilapidated conditions and lack basic facilities, including chairs and benches for commuters.

Commuters are forced to wait for buses and minivans while standing on the roadside under severe weather conditions during the summer season due to the absence of sheds on various bus stops. The sheds of the bus stops are either absence or having large holes resultantly the commuters cannot sit inside the bus stops.

Although the CDA had constructed many bus stops across the city yet due to its negligence, the commuters could not take advantage from them. The sheds of various bus-stops set-up on different routes, including 105, 120, 111, 124, 136, 21 and 101 are either broken or having holes in them and during the CNG closure days the shortage of public transport vehicles causes rush of commuters on van-stops. Resultantly the passengers including women, students and old-age citizens have to stay for long under these broken sheds. “Commuters have to wait on the footpath or by standing on the roadside for the transport due to the absence of proper bus-stop or sheds. And in the summer season and after monsoon rains, it becomes very difficult for the commuters to wait in the scorching heat without sheds”, Sarwar Hussain, a commuter waiting at Faisal Mor for public transport said.

Talking to this News agency, the commuters said that CDA constructed the facilities very enthusiastically but never concerned to repair them subsequently, adding that it is an important issue and authority’s relevant department should take immediate notice.

Miseries of the commuters increased particularly in the monsoon season as they are forced to wait for the buses during rainfall in these broken bus stops. “We reached here under the shed with dry clothes but the absence of its roof has made a miserable experience for all commuters who were supposed to guard themselves from rain”, said a group of commuters who were waiting for bus during shower.  When contacted, the CDA’s Spokesperson told Online that he was not authorized to answer the question under the direction of the Chairman CDA, Farkhand Iqbal.

Meanwhile, City Traffic Police (CTP) Rawalpindi in coordination with departments concerned is conducting operations against encroachers aimed at clearing city roads for the smooth flow of traffic to provide relief to the motorists.

City Traffic Officer (CTO) Syed Ishtiaq Hussain Shah told that the operations are being conducted on the special instructions of Regional Police Officer (RPO) Rawalpindi Capt. (r) Muhammad Zubair. Under several operations conducted so far, a large number of vegetable and fruit handcarts and other goods were confiscated and handed over to the staff concerned of Rawal Town, Potohar Town and Rawalpindi Cantonment Board.

A number of encroachers have also been issued warnings. The encroachers were warned that in future cases would be registered against the violators of the rules and no one would be spared. CTP is taking action against encroachers and conducting special operations for the removal of encroachments from city roads aimed at resolving traffic problems of the city, he said.

He informed that several raids under grand anti-encroachment operation were conducted earlier in many areas including Chungi no 22, Tench Bhatta, Peoples Colony, Harlay Street, Kalma Chowk, Masrial Road, Westrige Bazaar, Dhoke Saydian Chowk, Glass Factory, Fawara Chowk, Iqbal Road, Bara Market, Bohar Bazaar, Scheme no 1, Raheemabad, Kali Tanki, Asghar Mall Chowk, Bakara Mandi, Allaabad Bazaar, Mindora Chungi and other areas.