Transport dept proposes four new projects

KARACHI: Sindh transport department has proposed four new projects in the annual development plan 2014-15. According to a document available to PPI, the annual development plan included two bus rapid transit projects namely green line and red line services, establishment of motor vehicle fitness centers and opening new driving training schools under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

It states that the aim of rehabilitation and opening new training schools would help the youngsters to acquire jobs at national and international level, which would help reduce unemployment.

The document said that the fitness centers would be opened under powers of motor vehicle fitness shifted to transport department after approval of motor vehicle amended bill 2014. The fitness centers would be established at various locations in Karachi and other parts of the province in collaboration with foreign funding.

The green line bus project would cost Rs 14 billion and would cover 22.2 km route from Jama Cloth Market to Surjani Town, while 400,000 people would be able to take benefit from this service on daily basis.

The red line bus project, having cost of Rs 10 billion, will cover a route of 21.5 km from Mazar-e-Quaid to Model Colony. Almost 350,000 people would be able to utilize transport facilities from this project on daily basis.

The ongoing projects which were also proposed for the annual development plan included the Bus Rapid Transit Project-Yellow Line and the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Intercity Buses and Terminal Project.

The yellow line project would cost Rs 14 billion, as 150,000 people would be able to utilize the service having 70 buses. According to a transport official, the bidding process for the project had been initiated and 21 firms, including Chinese, Japanese and Turkish organizations, had shown their interest in the project.

The intercity buses and terminal project would connect Karachi with other cities of the provinces including Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur and Larkana through 100 buses. The project would have a daily ridership of 12,000 to 15,000.

Talking to PPI, a transport department official said that the proposed and ongoing projects will transform transport system in Karachi and other parts of the province. “Three major transport projects in Karachi will be helpful in clearing traffic congestion from roads and overcoming lack of transport facilities,” he said.

He said that within the tenure of this government, the KCR project and bus rapid transit project would transform Karachi transport system into one of the best systems of the world.

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