Institutional Barriers to Sustainable Urban Transport in Pakistan

Zulqarnian,Muhammad and Dr. Bukhari,Syed Murtaza Asghar

The Book Institutional Barriers to Sustainable Urban Transport in Pakistan" being revie Wed by Muhammad Imran is undoubmdly reflection of the oppol', constl'aints and limimtion.s offered by 1nlnsport plamling and traffic lD!IIlagcment related intuitions in Pakistan. The author has apposiu:ly identified the lackot nnher, the absence ofpJ.annin8 in theUrban 'I'l'msport scc:tor as theroot of the disintegration of Urban Transport inLahore. He has ttaeed the progression fromOmnibuses to Volvo and later on the n:placement of these modes with hazardous qingqi's and ugly wagons, as a direct c::onsequCD.Ceofc::riminal.empathy ofthoseatthe helm of policy making. The receu:t misplaced focus on building wider and higher quality roads,underpasses, tl.yovcrsandriDgroadshavedccrcascd the possibility of non motorized transport and increased car ownership, fiu'ther complicating the existing mban Tra.naport imbroglio, aa the commercial and employment centers have remained locau:d in the areas traditionally served by walking, cyc::llilg aDd. public1ransport. An average amrual growthof8.7% of ()8f5,enumerated from0.43 million in 1991 to 1.5 millionin200S,m.arkcdrespcmsible by theauthor for presence of higher levels of suspended particulate matter and lead in the air causing serious health implications. Pakistan ranb very high in the road, with over SOOO deaths in 2004 bu1 unfortunately it has failed to aUrac:t the attention of the policy makem 8S11igned to formulate1raflic plans andpolicies.