A bus shelter remains to be a missing asset at the Engine Bowli bus stop in the old city, an age old tree shelters the public from the bad weather conditions all through the year.
Its absence for a longer period has infuriated the masses that regularly show their presence at the place.
The area has gained a lot of significance over the years with many educational institutions coming up at the place especially in the past few years. A horde of people especially the student community descends in from various places to the area through the buses, they depend on the buses to reach back their houses.
“It has become a new educational hub of the old city with three junior colleges and a host of schools, the authorities should take note of it and provide a bus shelter at the earlier,” says Mirza Faiz Baig, a local social worker.
“The schools are going to start in a weeks time from now. Moreover the area has also become a hub for colleges, students are forced to stand braving the rains in the rainy season,” says a parent.
Three bus shelters that existed at the place were removed overnight by the authorities to make space for a new ones; it was a couple of years ago, say people who are regularly to the place. Though the authorities replaced one old bus shelter near the petrol pump, the other two abutting the Kings Function hall have not been erected, they say.
Interestingly a large part of the pavements behind the bus stop has been encroached upon by a ‘chat bhandar'.
“The same space could be utilized for the purpose of erecting a bus shelter, the pavements is a public property and it should be used for the people,” laments Siraj Khan, a Central government employee.
Asif Yar Khan
Commuters are put through tough time at Engine Bowli bus stop in the absence of a shelter