‘GONE IN 30 MINUTES

Travelling in the busses has always been a cumbersome job. Though, the government introduced some new licensed Bus Companies to operate their busses on different routes of the city, replacing the old local “Hiace – Vans”.

But the present condition of these busses is not up to the (even local) level. It means that they are not fulfilling the minimum criteria to run the bus which they agreed upon in the start.

But don’t worry… no one cares for those conditions again after getting the liscence, neither the government bother to take any action.

There are some routes where (still) the old, or I must say really old, busses are running. Many can be seen at the Ferozpur Road, Lahore.

One of those routes is the “Route # 23”, which starts from ‘Thokar Niaz Baig’ to Bhatta Chowk, Defence; or may be even further (don’t know where exactly it goes), has some really old busses on which, I still remember, I used to go to my village when I was a child.

The busses are just many years over there expiry date and are run on an enormous speed (even faster than the new advanced and stable local busses). The main reason of this over speeding, which once a ticket collector of the bus told me, is that they (the bus drivers) have to cover the distance from ‘Thokar Niaz Baig’ to Phaatak Stop, Kot Lakh Patt Station in just 30 minutes.

It means that they have to manage the loading and unloading of the passengers and their luggage and also try to maximize there profits, by having more commuters from stop to stop, with in 30 minutes. Otherwise, they are fined Rs.30 per late minute.

Sometimes; to avoid the fine, the drivers don’t stop their busses at any stop so that they can reach the ‘Bus Stand’ in time.

And now that means; ‘they are not stopping for any commuter to get in to the bus and at the same time to get out of the bus.’

Just imagine that how fast they have to drive while managing the overloading as well.

This over speeding of the busses causes some serious problems to the drivers of the other vehicles and sometimes for the bus driver himself.

When this gigantic vehicle is driven at an enormous speed with a continuous sound of the pressure horn and without pressure brakes… one can expect some serious kind of results.

Such an incident happened on Tuesday Morning at about 11 to 12pm. The driver lost control over the bus and unfortunately; the bus encountered an accident and fell into the ‘drain’ (gabdaa naala) of Moulana Shaukat Ali Road, near the ‘Johar Banquet Hall’.

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I was unable to get any sort of information about the accident because there was no one, who knew exactly what happened.

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As I have a practical experience of sitting in that kind of bus so, I know that how congested the passengers sit or stand in the bus. If the bus had been overloaded, the accident would have been much severe.

If any one of you knows about this accident, is invited to share it in the comments below. Your participation would be acknowledged.

11 Comments so far

  1. Rehan (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    I have travelled on this route at least a couple of times during my college/university life. Most of the times these buses are overloaded and run at a speed of 65-75 km per hour. The words written on the backside of these buses also suggest the same, saying “Tayyara” and “Had-raftar 65 km”. The majority of the people travelling via these buses are milk-sellers coming and going from the villages around the city of Lahore.
    I have come to know that the permit to these buses were given in the period of Benazir government when Wattoo Sb. was chief minister of punjab. I would like to request the government to please take notice of the condition and fitness of these buses for a city like Lahore.


  2. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

    I also passed by this ridden bus yesterday.

    Almost everytime I’ve seen such buses on any route, they are always massively overcrowded with passengers even hanging out of the doors.

    An immediate fear in accident of such a bus is the number of casualities. Though, the bus seemes to have sustained less damage, however, the jerk of plunging down at an angle of 45 must have left many wounded, espcially the ones sitting in front half of the bus.

    One relief was that Jinnah Hospital is quite close to the place and perhaps serious human loss was prevented in this accident.


  3. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 2:31 am

    :(


  4. Saad (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

    Ugly.
    On a side note, is there is detailed list of bus routes and their numbers for Lahore. I wish to get on these buses and document a photo journey along the way. Is it safe? What are the prospects of getting my camera mugged? I know our fresh out of village ‘milkmen’ will be asking unnecessary questions upon seeing me in my adventure, giving long stares and dieing with curiosity but what else should i watch out for security wise?


  5. >man!< (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 5:50 am

    @ Rehan:

    I really appreciate ur concern..
    n u r right that the government must do somthing..
    n its not only ur request, but I also request the government that plz take some notice of these ‘havocs on wheels’..
    by the way I’ve no information about the issuance of the liscences..
    thnx for information!


  6. man! (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 5:55 am

    @ Hassan:

    yes the gjerk would have been dangerous..
    but I m sure that the driver must be the most affected person coz if we look at the angle the whole crowd would have fallen over the driving seat..

    and in the front mostly there are ladies and children..
    may Allah bless them..


  7. man! (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 6:00 am

    hey..
    did anyone see anything about this accident on Geo News..?
    coz when I reached there, the Geo Team was also there to report this scene..!

    did any of u see..?


  8. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 3:01 am

    I did not.


  9. >man!< (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 3:40 am

    even I did not..!
    :-(

    any one else..?


  10. Rehan (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 10:22 am

    Nope :-) Not me…


  11. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

    Nor did I!



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