CM orders speedy implementation of bus rapid transport projects
KARACHI: Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has directed the authorities concerned to speed up the implementation of the bus rapid transport system (BRTS) projects and ensure ridership at least for 500,000 passengers per day in the metropolis within two years.
The chief minister directed the executing organisation concerned to complete the 17.8km-long route of the Green Line project, designed for transporting 300,000 passengers per day, by the end of 2016, for which PC-I has already been approved by the ECNEC at its estimated cost of Rs 16.085 billion. He also directed the provincial transport department to complete the process and start the physical working on 26km route of the Yellow Line project, designed for transporting 150,000 passengers per day, and complete it by the end of 2017 under the PPP mode of investment.
He also directed for early working on Sindh government-funded 4.7km route of the Orange Line project, designed for per day transportation of 50,000 passengers, and complete the same by the end of 2016, for which an amount of Rs 2.36 billion has already been allotted.
He gave the directives while presiding over a meeting regarding implementation of the BRTS projects at the Chief Minister’s House. Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said that Karachi is an important and biggest city of the country. “Karachi is also an international city and hub of commercial activities in Pakistan, and needs efficient transportation facilities for the common man and the working class.” He said that the Green Line, Yellow Line and Orange Line bus services have great importance and proper work for implementation on these schemes was in advanced stage. “Now it is high time to implement and facilitate the people.”
The CEO of the Green Line project, Saleh Farooqui, while briefing the meeting said that a separate company has been formed with the board of directors, including the Sindh chief secretary and transport secretary, to implement on this project. He said that as per the schedule, bids were being invited in the month of July and finally the contract would be awarded in September 2015, while the project will be completed by September 2016. He said that out of estimated cost of more than Rs 16 billion, the federal government has released Rs 2.96 billion to his company. He said that out of the total length of 17.8km, around 3.5km would be elevated, and in addition to that, flyovers had also been designed at six intersections to ensure uninterrupted flow of traffic. He said that by virtue of these flyovers, the elevating length will be increased to 6km.
He said that Green Line project would have 21 stations and each station would have lifts and escalator facilities. He said that the route of the Green Line starts from Surjani Town to Guru Mandir.
Special Assistant to CM Omer Rehman Malik, while briefing about the Yellow Line, said that all necessary proceedings had been completed. He said that this project was estimated at the cost of Rs 13.5 billion, out of which 15 percent would be equity from the Sindh government and 16% of the amount would be received from a private party. He said that the remaining 69% would be in the form of soft loans from Chinese banks. He said that this project has a 26km-long route with 24 stations and added that this project had been designed to provide per-day transport facilities to 150,000 passengers. He said that the financial close of this project to be made by December 2015, and it would be completed by 2017.
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