Murad Ali Shah—Chief Minister Sindh has affirmed rupees one hundred and ninety-five million for the intra-city bus project. Under the project, thirty-two buses would be on Shahrae Faisal in the first phase and on five various routes in the second phase.
While reviewing the projects for the transportation department at the CM House on Monday the chief minister approved this intra-city project. The meeting was attended by Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani—the Planning and Development Minister, Syed Nasir Shah—the Transport Minister, Mohammad Waseem—the Development Board Chairperson, Saeed Awan—the Transport Secretary and others.
The transport minister while briefing the chief minister said that rupees two million had been reserved for the Sindh Modaraba Ltd to assist in the subsidy needs of the project for over a time span of five years.
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The development and planning minister informed the meeting that the transport department had received a proposal from the Daewoo Express Ltd. As per the project the company had proposed to ply two hundred and eighty-eight vehicles on the five different routes in the city with a transportation fleet of around fifty vehicles per route.
The five routes defined were from Baldia Town to Quiadabad, from Landhi to Surjani Town, from Qayyumabad to Qasba Colony, from Landhi to Baldia Town and from Shah Faisal Colony to Fisheries.
The chief minister instructed to start the Daewoo buses on Shahrae Faisal in the first phase on five different routes in the second phase.
Murad Ali Shah while approving the number of Rupees 195 million directed the transport minister to make the necessary preparations for the inauguration of the bus service on Shahrae Faisal on the 15th of February.
It was also briefed by Nasir to the meeting that the intercity bus project for which the number of rupees two billion has been allotted by the government had been placed at the disposal of the Sindh Modaraba for the subsidy need of the project. The meeting was informed that the project would begin with seventy percent debt and thirty percent equity.
The transport minister informed that the Daewoo Express had provided a proposal to put one hundred and thirty-four vehicles on the nine different routes which includes the Karachi to Sukkur, Karachi to Shaheed Benazir Abad, Karachi to Hyderabad, Karachi to Multan, Karachi to Mirpurkhas, Karachi to Dera Ghazi Khan, Karachi to Larkana, Sukkur to Quetta and Karachi to Quetta.
The meeting was informed that the Daewoo had proposed to partner with nine independent sole proprietors for the project. Under the proposed model, the sole proprietor would be handling the equity of the project whereas Daewoo would be the operational partner. Each sole proprietor would be eligible for a loan from the Sindh Modaraba for the said project.
Murad instructed the transport minister to accelerate the work proposal as he wishes to launch the intercity bus project soon after the launch of the first phase of the intra-city project.
Abdul Sattar Edhi Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
Relating the Abdul Sattar Edhi Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, formerly known as the Orange Line the chief minister told that the total length of the project was 3.88 km. The project includes six bus stations, out of which one would be elevated. As per an estimate, nearly fifty thousand people would be using the BRT daily.
The meeting was told that the project was divided into two phases. The first phase would link the Administration Office in Orangi Town to Bacha Khan Flyover while the second phase would be linking the flyover to Jinnah University for Women in North Nazimabad.
Forty-two percent of the first phase work has been completed and an entire project completion target date has been set that is April 2018.