Qaim wants early start of work on bus project





KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for announcing important projects for Karachi during his recent visit.
The chief minister was presiding over a meeting regarding the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit project at the Chief Minister’s House. He directed all the departments concerned, including the Transport Department to immediately prepare PC-1 for the bus project so that the work on the scheme could be started at the earliest. He agreed to the suggestion to get the PC-1 of the project prepared through NESPAK. The CM said that the Sindh government is striving to introduce a network of modern transport facilities in the city on priority basis. Shah said that Karachi needs a modern transport system due to its growing population and the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit would provide a good quality transport facility.
He said that the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit project service would run between Surjani Town and Jama Cloth Market on a 22-kilometre track at an estimated cost of Rs 15 billion.
The CM called for presenting the bill for the establishment of Sindh Mass Transit Authority for smooth implementation and effective monitoring of all transport schemes. The Transport secretary while briefing the meeting said that presently six rapid transit bus service schemes are under progress. He said that the feasibility study of the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit project has been completed. It would have 28 stations and 400,000 people would commute daily through this service. The secretary said that the Sindh government is also working on the Orange Line Rapid Transit project and wants to ensure its completion at the earliest.
On the occasion, Finance Advisor Murad Ali Shah said that the people of Karachi would have international level transport facilities during the next three years after the completion of the various mass transit projects. 
The meeting was attended by Sindh Transport Minister Mir Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani, CM’s Principal Secretary Alamdin Billo, Finance Secretary Suhail Rajpur, Karachi administrator, Mass Transit DG, and Mass Transit Senior Director Fazal Karim. 

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