BRT Blue Line project to start early next year

September 18, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The 15 billion worth Blue Line Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) project will start early next year. A total of 75 buses will be run on the 22 km long route in the initial phase of the project.

This was decided in a meeting chaired by Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh for Finance Umer Abdul Rehman on Friday. Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhter Farooqui, representative of consultant Nespak and officers from transport, finance and other concerned departments of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation were also present on the occasion.

The meeting was informed that the Blue Line BRT route will be from Dawood Chowrangi Landhi to Saddar Regal Chowk via Korangi 8000 Road, Jam Sadiq Bridge, FTC, Shahra-e-Quaideen, People’s Chowrangi and Numaish. The 4.5km long elevated portion of this corridor will be constructed on Korangi Road and in Ittehad Town.

The technical evaluation report for the project was already submitted by NLC and some other well reputed firms from China, Dubai and other countries.

Speaking on this occasion, Umer Abdul Rehman directed the participants to take immediate and speedy measures for carrying out the environmental protection assessment (EIA) for the project and other necessary works. He also instructed to call a meeting next week with all the utility services providers so that the work could be progressed with the consultation of all concerned organizations.

He said once started, the work on this project should be completed in least possible time. Farooqui assured the meeting all possible cooperation from KMC for this project including the removal of encroachments on this whole corridor. He said the KMC side work will be completed on time due to the importance of this project for the city.

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