LAHORE – A local bus operator under the Lahore Transport Company, on Thursday, had closed down the Pink Bus Service for women on the City routes, leaving the women passenger in the lurch.

Launched in January 2012 to save women from harassment, the service offered three buses at Route 33 from the General Bus Stand (Lorry Adda) to Green Town, Route 22 from Jallo Mor to Thokar Niaz Baig, and Route 1 from RA Bazaar to Sanda.

“The buses at Route 33 and 22 had already been closed while third one stopped plying on Thursday,” said a source.

It has been learnt that the bus operator had already complained the LTC about the loss in resuming the pink bus service, but the LTC was in favour of continuing the service.

Despite all fears about the failure of the service, the LTC repeatedly claimed that the pink buses were operated successfully on different urban routes and the number of buses under the scheme would be gradually increased.

An official said that the urban transport sector in Punjab’s big cities and especially in Lahore had seen no improvement in the past four years’ during the tenure of the provincial government. “Only Lahore which had not more than 300 buses needs more than 2,000 buses to meet the demand of millions of daily commuters but the LTC could not make any visible progress in this regard,” he added.