KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has directed the KMC management to bring a fleet of 36 buses on the road by September 2.
Sindh CM has also asked the provincial Transport Department to complete all formalities of the Yellow Line Bus Service by December 1, so that this project could be made functional by the end of 2015 under the PPP mode of investment. He issued these directions while presiding over a meeting regarding the implementation of a mass transit programme at the CM House, said a statement on Friday.
He also directed the management to expedite the work on the intercity bus project to connect at least all divisional headquarters to the city by plying 100 buses at initial stage of this project.
CM Sindh directed the planning and development department to obtain a PC-I of Green Line Bus Service completed and submitted to the federal government within one month’s time, so that the transport facilities should be ensured to the people of Karachi within the shortest possible time.
He directed the management to take the Orange Line Bus Service in hand with an immediate effect for which Rs 3 billion are projected in the current budget.
Expressing his dismay over concerned KMC officers for not bringing the KMC buses on road as announced earlier, the CM Sindh said that the Sindh government has invested a huge amount on the repair and reconditioning of the KMC buses.
“These buses were supposed to be on the road before the Eidul Fitr but due to slackness of officers, little bottlenecks and excuses, all the technically prepared buses were idle on one hand while the people were facing transport difficulties on the other,” he added.
He directed the officers to bring the buses on road by September 2 positively and also expedite the working for an early implementation on the city’s mass transit programme.
He also directed that any cell or part of the government department, or organisation that is not performing satisfactorily should be disbanded.
He said that PPP was poor people’s party to whom it was committed to provide at least all basic but qualitative facilities. The CM Sindh said that in addition to the Green Line Bus Service of the federal government the Sindh government is also going to launch a Yellow Line Bus Service at an estimated cost of Rs 12 billion and directed the officers to complete its formalities and ensure its ground breaking ceremony by December 1 so that it can be completed by 2015.
CM Sindh directed the P and D ACS that in addition to working for an implementation on the KCR project, substitute projects should also be proposed with the consultation of federal government so that this matter could be decided finally.
CM Sindh expressed his satisfaction over the proposed intercity bus project under which 358 buses would be plied on nine identified bus routes in the city to facilitate at least 385,000 commuters per day.
He directed the officers to showcase this project for the foreign investors as many foreign investors are taking keen interest in investing in the city.
Transport Secretary, Tauha Ahmed Farooqui while briefing the meeting, said that NESPAK consultants have been assigned to prepare the PC-I of Green Line Bus Service and it was almost ready and is to be submitted to P and D within 8 to 10 days for onward transmission to the federal government.
Similarly, the technical proposals submitted by 11 interested investment companies for implementation on Yellow Line Bus Service have been opened on August 21, and were being evaluated including the financial bids from interested companies and completed within two to three months. Besides, working on the intercity project has also matured and very soon the management will be able to launch the project.
He gave an assurance to the Sindh CM that a working on the Orange Line Bus Service proposed to run from Orangi Town to the Matric Board Office will also be completed within the shortest time so that an available amount of Rs 3 billion could be utilised and the people are facilitated.
Sindh Minister for Transport Mumtaz Jakhrani, CM’s Advisor Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, P and D Additional Chief Secretary Mohammad Wasim, CM’s Secretary Alumdin Bulo, Transport Secretary Tauha Ahmed Farooqui, Finance Secretary Sohail Rajput, Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui, KMC Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, Mass Transit Cell Director Fazal Karim Khatri and other officers attended the meeting.
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