Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Intercity Bus Service Project Launced
KARACHI: ‘Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Intercity Bus Service' Projects first phased has been launched by the Sindh government and Daewoo Pakistan Express Bus Service Ltd in a ceremony held at CM House on Tuesday.
Under public-private partnership, the first phase of bus service will introduce 100 new Daewoo Buses connecting Karachi with Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Benazirabad and Larkana. It is said that around 50 buses will be introcued on the roads while as many will be inducted in the fleet later.
Addressing the ceremoney Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh, said that his government has fulfilled “yet another commitment with the people of Sindh for providing them qualitative, comfortable and affordable transport facilities in accordance with the vision of Benazir Bhutto”. He emphasized that a joint investment of Rs2 Billion by the Sindh government and the Daewoo bus service will go in the first phase of the project.
He said that the Sindh government will partner with the Daewoo bus service and help initiate the project for Karachi as soon as possible. “We are also working on the BRT [bus rapid transit] project in Karachi and will soon enter into other agreements to execute the projects,” he said, adding that once the BRT projects are complete, most transport problems of Karachi will be solved by the end of 2017.
Daewoo president Chang In Park said that after a transparent bidding process, Daewoo was chosen to be the developer and operator for this project. This is a symbolic project launched as a gesture of goodwill. He said that the new buses will be imported for this project. “Daewoo Express Pakistan is the only international bus service in Pakistan operating in Sindh, Punjab and K-P from 52 cities, catering to the travelling needs of over 500,000 passengers every month.”
Transport secretary Taha Farooqui was of the view that the project was designed to establish a transport network between Karachi and all the divisional headquarters of Sindh and to extend these facilities to each district headquarter of the province in different phases.
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