Arif Azad | Dawn.com

That Pakistan is urbanising at a much faster rate than previously anticipated is something that is being observed and acknowledged without reservation. This is seen in runaway growth in urban conurbations, propelled into existence by increasing migration from the rural hinterland to urban areas, and the urban population explosion.

The net effect is a pressing burden on already strained public services and creaky infrastructure. The transport system is one area which is struggling to keep pace with this new urban reality. Despite various solutions — ranging from state-backed public transport to a mix of government-private partnership in the transportation sector — the problem of providing affordable and reliable transport for an ever-growing population remains inadequately addressed. Read more