Mr Zaman has twice been at the helm of affairs of Karachi, both the times serving as an unelected mayor, and perhaps for that reason he has been against those elected by the people of Karachi.
Although a mass transit system for Karachi has been talked about for almost 40 years, it was only taken seriously in the early 1990s when with a grant from the Japanese government to the World Bank
, its blueprints were completed.
Unfortunately, the establishment of the KMTA was not to the liking of some of the bureaucrats in Sindh secretariat and with the appointment of Fahim Zaman
as administrator of the KMC
(with full powers of mayor), the KMTA was abandoned as a stepchild and instead the National Mass Transit Authority was established with its headquarters in Islamabad.
The whole idea was to deny any mass transit system to Karachi.The World Bank
also realized the then city government's intentions and subsequently withdrew its support to the KMTA.
It is worth mentioning that in the early 1990s, a similar scheme was being developed for Bangkok and when I had been there last year, I had the opportunity to take a ride on their mass transit trains.It is one of the most modern systems in Asia and, to a great extent, has solved the traffic congestion in the city.