MABAD (APP) The absence of sheds at bus stops across the Islamabad Express Way tests nerves of the commuters, particularly during the extreme weather conditions but the indifferent attitude of the civic body is more worrisome.
The CDA, being one of the richest development bodies of the country and having presented the annual budget with outlay of about Rs 28 billion, seems less bothered towards small facilities like bus sheds those matter a lot for the common man. The residents of the twin cities, commuting between the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have to wait for transport under the open sky and brave scorching heat and chilly weather.
Similarly a year ago, the CDA had also removed a shed from sector I-8 bus stop but has not replaced it with a new one due to unknown reasons, exposing the commuters to the vagaries of weather. The importance of the bus sheds increases as the number of government offices and visiting places like National Monument, Shakarparian picnic point, Lok Virsa Museum, National Institute of Cultural Studies, Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Pakistan Baitul Mal, Al-Shifa Hospital, F/G College of Commerce for Boys and several others are located on either side of the intersection.
A couple of years ago, the Authority had engaged an advertisement firm to install sheds across the city but main Stops are still lacking the facility, the commuters complained.
Though the cost of the project was solely borne by the advertising firm, the CDA should have engaged a firm that might have executed the project in more efficient and qualitative method, said Qamar Zaman, a commuter at Abpara Market.
Meanwhile, the residents using airport road for travelling between the twin cities demanded of the authority to carry patch-work on both sides of the road from Flying Club up to Karal Chowk.