Earlier today, the Sindh government announced that it is all set to import 100 buses for local public transport, out of which eighty will be for the Green Line and twenty will be for the Orange Line. The buses will be imported in June 2021.
As per the SIDCL Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bilal Memon, the tender process for the project is presently near completion and should be awarded next month. He added that the buses will undergo a month of testing after their arrival in Pakistan.
The reports said that the federal government originated the Green Line project, the Orange Line was supposed to be a provincial government-led project. As per the initial understanding, the federal government was only responsible for the construction of the route for the Green Line, and the Government of Sindh was to arrange for the buses and oversee the operations of both the Green and Orange Lines.
Related sources informed the media that the PTI-led federal government took complete charge of the Green Line due to the observed incompetence of the provincial administration. Soon afterward, the Government of Sindh also willingly handed over the control and transport procurement responsibility of the Orange Line project to the federal government.
SIDCL CFO Bilal Memon added that while the federal government has agreed to honor the bill for the Green Line buses, the Government of Sindh is still expected to pay its share for the Orange Line buses.
According to him, the federal government has set away Rs.11 billion for the Green Line, to cover everything from the procurement of buses to operational costs, staff salaries, repairs, and subsidies for the next 3 years. The Government of Sindh, however, has yet to do so for the Orange Line.
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