Rawalpindi - The residents of the federal capital have demanded early construction of sheds at major bus stops. Commuters are facing serious problems in the federal capital due to absence of proper bus stops, particularly on Islamabad Highway. Hundreds of commuters use local transport for travelling in the city, but have to wait on roadside and face harsh weather conditions and other dangers. The commuters were of the view that the Capital Development Authority has yet to install over-head bridges on the main crossing points, particularly the Zero Point Interchange.

The residents complained of non-existence of the shelters at bus stops which included GPO, Civic Centre, Lal Masjid, Three Number (Itwar Bazaar), PIA Eastern side, CDA, Fire Brigade, Urdu University and Zero Point are the major bus stops existing without shelters.

Mumtaz Ali, a commuter waiting at Zero Point bus stop, said that he always wait on footpath or along roadside for transport due to absence of proper bus stop and sheds. He said in the summer season it becomes difficult for the commuters to wait in the scorching heat without sheds. The commuters demanded civic body to install sheds and erect proper bus stops.

Mohsin Ali, a senior citizen, pointed out that the pedestrian bridges erected over different roads are not for aged people and persons with disabilities.

Bakhat Rawaan, a 62-year-old resident of G-6/2, said Zebra crossings at busy roads of the capital are not providing a safe passage to the pedestrians, as most of the drivers have no awareness about zebra crossing, so they do not bother to stop and let people cross safely.

When contacted, an official of CDA said the civic body is planning to construct overhead bridges and bus stops and other facilities which were either removed or damaged during the construction work on the roads and highways.