Green, Oranges Lines for Karachi next year: Taha

June 22, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Sindh Transport Department’s Secretary Taha Farooqui on Tuesday said that Sindh government is going to commence mass transit projects of Orange line, Yellow Line, Red Line for the Karachities to meet shortage of public transportation.

Talking to PPI, Taha said, only 4.5% of buses in public transport are available for 42% of commuters in Karachi who are using public transport including buses, taxis, rickshaws and other vehicles on daily basis.

He said to meet the shortage of transportation the Sindh government has decided to commence a mass transit project for commuters in the city. He said federal government has already announced its Prime Minister Package project for the people of metropolis namely Green Line that could be used by 350,000 people on every daily. As per the prime minister’s directives this project will be functional from next year.

He said the Sindh government has allocated Rs 2.5 billion for Orange Line project in its Budget of 15-16. He said this line will be functional next year.

Taha said Sindh government will sign an agreement in the month of June, 2015, with China based company to initiate another Yellow Line project with public-private partnership. He said it takes little bit more time to initiate as government needs to negotiates with china’s bank for issuance of loan for the project. He hoped that the Yellow Line will be completed within 18 months which could be used by 150,000 commuters on every day.

Red Line is also the project of Sindh government that would be commenced soon.