Agreements with China and Japan International Cooperation Agency failed for developing Yellow Line Bus Rapid Transit Project in Karachi. Finally, comes a good news, World Bank has agreed to fund and technically assist the Yellow Line bus Project in Karachi.
The public in Karachi will be thrilled to know that finally, the government is taking a step to improve mobility in the city. The focus of the project is to integrate six BRT lines.
Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah had a meeting with World Bank officials led by Country Director Patchamuthu Illangovan at CM House. It was in the meeting that this decision was finalized. Officials from Sindh Assembly were present in the meeting. World Bank agreed to fund the project on the condition that government of Sindh develops a suitable infrastructure from Dawood Chowrangi to the Malir Expressway.
To this Murad Ali Shah informed World Bank delegation that Rs 12 billion has been approved to improve Karachi roads. CM also told the concerned authorities to issue proper documents for approval by World Bank.
Other projects worth $1.55 billion, funded by World Bank were also discussed in the meeting. CM also insisted that World Bank helps them revive Traffic Engineering Bureau which will ensure the unified flow of traffic in Karachi. World Bank head has agreed to assist the government in any way it could.
For Karachi Water & Sewerage Board Murad Ali Shah asked aid as well. He said, “The water board is overstaffed. Their water supply, distribution and bulk systems are weak and defective”.
The restoration of the sewerage system of the Karachi city is also accepted by World Bank as World Bank-assisted project.
It is a great news overall, with World Bank’s assistance we can hope betterment in transport & sewerage system of Karachi. Quite recently Karachi was ranked worst city for living and driving, these steps might help revive the image of Karachi and make it a better place to live in.