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Student dies while catching bus for college.

FAISALABAD -- Lack of public transport in the city led to the death of a college student who fell from a moving bus near Novelty Bridge on Tuesday.

According to witnesses, Mamnoon Haider, a student of FSc (Pre Engineering) at the Government Post Graduate College, Samanabad, was trying to catch a running bus when he lost his balance and fell down. He got crushed under the rear tyres of the bus and died on the spot.

Faisalabad is facing an acute shortage of public transport, which often results in accidents involving students who meet accidents while catching buses and vans to reach their schools and colleges on time.

Malik Aslam, a grain trader, regretted that nonavailability of public transport in the city was a chronic issue, but nobody bothered to resolve it.

He said besides the students, labourers also fell victim to such accidents while traveling in a hurry to their workplace in this industrial hub inhabited by thousands of workers.

He said during Pervez Musharraf government a fleet of buses was launched on different city routes that was a cheap means of transportation for the low-income groups and students. However, he said, after some time these buses gradually vanished from the city roads and no alternative arrangements had been made since.

Similarly, he said the Faisalabad Urban Transport Service had been launched with dozens of vehicles, but their number had also been reduced drastically.

Ahsan Ali, a student, blamed absence of public and college transport for the death of Haider. He said hundreds of students belonging to rural areas had to daily change buses and vans to reach their educational institutions located in the city. He said because of shortage of public transport they had to travel on the roofs of buses, risking life and limbs.

A police officer said no case had so far been instituted against the driver of the bus that ran over Haider.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 6, 2019
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