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Official pledges to reactivate Milli Bus enterprise

By: Baktash Shaibani

Milli Bus is a government-run enterprise bus service operating across Afghanistan, but all its infrastructures, including parking lots, workshops and administrative sections were destroyed during the outbreak of civil war in the country, where it dates back to the late 1920s.
The company also operated a trolleybus system in 1979 and according to reports, in 2001, after the collapse of the Taliban regime, there were only 50 buses operating in the capital Kabul
The company has not still reached self-sufficiency since the start of its operation over the last 44 years, as a prominent private paper 8 Subh blamed the organs concerned for failure to carry out the affairs of the enterprise fairly and enable it to balance its revenue and expenditure and finally burdened by the Afghan National Bank depts.
Around 1,000 small and big buses were received as aid from India, Japan, and the neighboring Pakistan and Iran over a period of a decade after the overthrow of the Taliban hardliner regime, while it started functioning with 300 million Afghanis and 120 small and big buses, under the name of Shirkat-e-Service.


Lack of spare parts, was among the key factor hindered the continuation of operation of the enterprise, which was functioning within the ministry of finance in the past and recently within the ministry of transport.
The officials in the past few years promised to reactivate the enterprise and use tens of busses, the country received as aids from many foreign countries.
The paper quoted Mohammad Younus Amiri, head of the enterprise, who confirmed lack of budget and failure of the enterprise to stand on its feet, said: “All expenditures of the Milli Bus enterprise should have been met through its revenues, but failed as the revenues didn’t suffice the expenditures.”
He said the problem of budget deficit still exists. “Previously the ministry of finance was repairing its budget deficit,” said the official.
According to him, it is not only an enterprise relating to the private sector but the main partner is the government. “There should be a balance between the revenues and the expenditures of the enterprise.”
The official said that new measures have been made to restore the government run enterprise, however he said 98 percent of the bus parking lots have been occupied by the obstacles installed by powerful individuals or high-government authorities.
But he assured that under the new measure, the buses have been provided with GBS system for tracking and monitoring the system over the last one year.
Hidden cameras are expected to be installed inside the buses and at roadsides as well as up to 50 machineries have been said to be purchased and installed in the enterprise’s workshop.
Up to 1400 buses have been said to be used across the capital Kabul, while the passenger buses and vehicles would be allowed to commute and carry passengers with fair payment.
Indeed, the government should provide a subsidy for the enterprise and help it reactivate and start operation across the country.
Hundreds of Kabul citizens and people across the big cities of the country wait for hours to get buses from the private sector. Many of them face serious problems during the day long wait to get home.

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The Kabul Times.