Karachi, December 9, 2019: The Karachi Urban Lab (KUL) held a panel discussion titled, Sustainable Urban Transport and Mobil
Executive Member of Shehri-Citizens for a Better Environment, Mr. Farhan Anwar gave a presentation about the need to design cities around sustainable methods of transportation such as public transit and walking or cycling. Mr. Anwar critiqued the model of transportation planning that focused on personal vehicles and stressed the need for transit-oriented development (TOD) in Karachi.
Moreover, Director Transportation Engineering Department, Exponent Engineers Private Limited, Mr. Ashar Lodi shared insights and proposals on public transit in Karachi, specifically the ongoing bus rapid transit (BRT) projects. He presented his ambitious imagining of BRT as an accessible, effective, and cost-efficient way of transforming public transit and mobility in Karachi.
Associate Professor in the School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, New Zealand, Dr. Imran Muhammad spoke about his research in Curitiba, Brazil, where the BRT system largely remains a success story and model for sustainable transport projects in the Global South.
The discussion ended with a Q&A session, led by Dr. Anwar, where the discussants talked about gender inclusivity, data collection, and the role of international institutions.