Decongestion drive: A complete flop

EDITOR — Efforts by the Harare City Council to decongest Harare termini have been a complete flop so far.

Council has successfully turned a bad situation into a worse situation

This is because those who came up with the idea of kombi holding bays clearly do not rely on public transportation.

If they did they would have addressed the true cause of the chaos characterising most termini — pricing. As long as short trips are charged $1 per trip, there will be confusion.

Commuters wait at the terminus for hours hoping for kombi prices to be lowered to R5 and as a result, large crowds accumulate causing congestion.

The second problem is that after 5pm those who control and manage the holding bays and ranks seem to retire for the day and confusion haunts commuters again.

This defeats the whole purpose of keeping things in place at termini.

From 5pm onwards many people retire from their workplaces and flock to bus termini.

This is called the peak hour and if at that time termini-controlling agents leave for the day, they abandon the people when they greatly need help.

This is unprofessional. If it were possible terminus management should have shifts where some workers replace those who would have been working since the morning. City fathers need
to consider opening up new termini that will cater for commuters.

The Copacabana bus terminus is one of the most congested places in Harare despite efforts to decongest it.

This is because too many kombis share a very small space and kombi drivers are under pressure to jump the queue.

Jumping the queue is not entirely possible without underhand dealing. It is hard to explain how a commuter omnibus that was at the back finds itself in front of the rest.

More stringent measures should be put in place to make sure these matters are addressed because so far efforts to decongest Harare termini have been unsuccessful.

D Muwoni

Harare

    Comments (2)

    what do you expect when the reliable Zupco was deliberately killed off my what ever means. When Zimbabwe was at its prime with industries operating at capacity and employment figures where a matter of concern. now we have an inferior transport system -these ET's and they are too many yet they still cannot meet the transport needs of a city. Bring back an economy that runs well and add on to that a transport system that is efficient not just bring back Zupco, we need to be able to look at what zupco had done right and take that and remove what they did wrong and proceed from there. the back lash of public transport operators can be offset by having jobs available by economic revival which we are on our way to achieve with ZIMASSET.

    Lewanika - 3 September 2014

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