Transportation Problems in Developing Countries Pakistan: A Case-in-Point

Muhammad Tahir Masood, Azhar Khan, Hasnain A. Naqvi


Identifying and solving transportation problems is one of the chief tasks confronting governments in developing
countries like Pakistan. Despite large expenditures on urban transport systems, the current transportation
problems in developing nations continue to worsen because of bad planning, lack of governance, and corruption.
Therefore, developing countries like Pakistan, have a major crisis on their hands. Urban transport problems in
Pakistan are mostly managed by building larger and better roads, but building roads is not the solution. Road
projects need to be part of an over-all transportation plan that includes traffic management and bigger and better
transit systems and public transport. The principles of sustainable transport encourage utilization of low cost
public transport capable of performing well in mixed land use and densely–populated Pakistani cities. This
article highlights the core problem of continuing failure by Pakistani government to develop and manage their
public transport systems to provide a high level of mobility, equity, and environmental sustainability.

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