Khartoum is the capital and the largest city in Sudan.  Khartoum State has been witnessing an increasing population due to growing migration from rural areas, whereby about 9 million people currently live in the capital Khartoum, according to official statistics.  It has a high demand for transportation for local residents.

Public transport crisis

In brief, public transport in Khartoum consists of minibusses that cover most destinations within the city.  Motorized rickshaws, locally referred to as bajajs or rakshas, provide a cheaper and short mode of private transport.

16 Nov 2019 Xinhuanet

The public transportation crisis has recently become a nagging problem for the citizens in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, despite efforts made by the transitional government to address the issue.

The officials in Khartoum acknowledged the escalating transport crisis but attributed it to a lack of public transport vehicles.  Abdalla Abdel-Fattah, chairman of Khartoum State’s Chamber of Public Transport, told that “in the past, the number of operating public transport vehicles was 48,000 vehicles, but this number has now dropped to 11,000.”

It has now become a concern of the entire government in the state.

“As from 1:00 pm and onward there is a big transportation problem. For example, if you leave the university at 2:00 pm, you will not find any transportation,” Murtada Altoum, a student at Sudan’s Al Neelain University told.

Government Financial problem

Mohamed Saeed, a Sudanese journalist concerned with the service sector, said that “the government does not support the transport sector.”

He said there is an increase in the customs fees of bus imports and spare-parts, stressing the need for the government to reduce these fees to enable the private sector to enter into the field.

Business opportunity

It has an urge to increase the number of buses in the city in order to overcome the transportation issue for 9 million citizens.  Instead of a loan, why not apply a sustainable automatic fare collection (AFC) which can bring a good cash flow from other countries’ experienced.

From the lesson from different countries, the improper financial management of public transportation can be improved by introducing an AFC system.

The writer is a frequency traveler.  For detail, please visit mobileafc.net.

 

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