Karachi ranks as having the worst public transport system globally. Mini busses, coaches, Rickshaw, and large buses typically provide the cheapest way to commute across the city.
International magazine Bloomberg declared Karachi’s public transportation worst in the world. According to the report, most of the city’s traffic signals are non-functional.
The 2019 study by car-parts company Mister Auto looked at 100 major cities. It serves about 42% of Karachi’s commuters, relying on decades-old, overcrowded buses that use the roof as a second deck for passengers at times.
Karachi Roads are filled with potholes, not all traffic signals are automated, and it’s common to see drivers running red lights. And yet the former capital is home to Pakistan’s main ports and the regional headquarters for companies helping it generate half of the nation’s tax revenue. Those funds get distributed to other parts of the country.
Karachi’s former mayor Waseem Akhtar said last year he had only 12% administrative control of the city and a lack of funds. The army controls the wealthier areas of Karachi, while the rest is divided among the provincial and federal governments that don’t get along.
Pakistan government announced too many packages for Karachi for making big headlines but practically, there is no such development on a sustainable basis.
The ranking of these surveys by different groups is not meant to defame Karachi or Pakistan but they expose harsh realities that must be addressed and worked out at the earliest.