On Thursday, hundreds of demonstrators in downtown Khartoum demanded a “speedy solution” to the ongoing transportation crisis in the city.
They marched from the bus station at Midan Jakson in downtown Khartoum to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Roads, where they handed a memorandum to Minister Hashim Tahir.
In the memorandum, they complained about the continuing fuel crisis and the ensuring scarcity of public transport, in particular during peak hours while the roads are often congested, and called for a speedy solution to end the suffering of the people.
The Minister of Infrastructure promised to forward the proposals contained in the memorandum to the Ministerial Standards Commission. He said he would demand “urgent and drastic solutions to the Khartoum state's transport crisis”.
The Ministerial Committee for the Study of Public Transport inspected parking lots in Omdurman and Khartoum North localities in its efforts to find solutions to the transportation crisis. The committee pointed to the poor organisation of bus stations, the shortage of vehicles, and difficulties with easily entering and exiting buses.
Bus and minibus drivers complained about having to stand in long waiting lines to obtain fuel, and urged the authorities to put an end to the crisis.
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