As summer hots up, plea for bus shelters resumes
April 07 2017 08:50 PM
People wait at an 'open air' bus stop in Doha's Najma area.
People wait at an 'open air' bus stop in Doha's Najma area. PICTURE: Jayaram Korambil.

Calls for setting up bus shelters have resumed as the weather has started getting hotter in the country.

While public bus services have existed for more than 11 years and the number of users has grown, there are not enough shelters - especially covered ones - and passengers face a tough time waiting in the heat.

The issue has been raised by commuters, mostly low-income expatriates, on several occasions and some new shelters have come up along certain routes. However, their numbers are still far from adequate, say sources.
"There has been a steady rise in the number of blue-collar workers over the years due to the various infrastructure development and constructions projects carried out in the country. Many of these people use buses regularly or at least during weekends. It becomes really difficult for them to wait for a bus under the scorching sun during summer," said a resident, requesting the authorities concerned to find a prompt and suitable solution to the problem.
Sources said air-conditioned shelters were the best option, but even non-AC covered ones would help. Also, they called for proper planning while setting up such shelters - advising that the busiest routes and stops should be given priority and not the ones used by a handful of commuters every day.
When contacted recently, the transport authorities cited infrastructural works along a number of roads as the main obstacle for their shelter-construction plans. However, some residents complained that the situation does not improve even after the works are completed and they continue to wait for a bus right under the sun.
Those boarding buses from locations such as the neighbourhood of the Medical Commission, among others, have stressed the urgent need to set up proper shelters there in place of the existing ones.

Last updated: April 07 2017 08:57 PM

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