Abu Dhabi commuters feel the heat as air-con bus shelters fall into disrepair


By www.thenational.ae

ABU DHABI // Commuters are facing a sweltering summer because many air-conditioned bus shelters are out of order.

Some are locked, others have chairs broken, and several did not have any power and had rubbish dumped inside when The National checked on more than 10 of them last week.

In 2012, the Department of Transport announced it would open 360 air-conditioned shelters in the emirate by the start of 2014 at a cost of Dh100 million.

But these plans have apparently stalled and residents are concerned about the state of some units and the lack of shelters at other locations.

“If these shelters are open, we can cool off but they are locked. We have already entered into the UAE’s summer season but the real challenges of summer have yet to be faced from May onwards. What will happen then?” asked Himanshu Bhatnagar. More info