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Former Bogota mayor to provide services for Karachi Bus Rapid Transport System Project

Karachi, March 24, 2015 (PPI-OT): Karachi Metropolitan Corporation will avail the services and expertise of former Bogota (Columbia) mayor Enrique Penalosa for ensuring a well standard, effective and updated Bus Rapid Transport System for the city that could be taken as a role model in Pakistan. Vastly experienced in the field of rapid bus transport system especially for a city and environment like Karachi, Mr. Enrique Penalosa had introduced the “trans Milano” bus rapid transport system during his tenure as Bogota Mayor which had been considered the best model for solving transport problems in big cities of the world.

This system facilitates 40 thousand passengers to travel at a time and proved very effective. Mr. Penalosa who is currently on a tour of Karachi inspecting the different lines for the BRT project, called on Administrator Karachi Saqib Ahmed Soomro in his office on Tuesday to discuss the implementation of proposed transport system. The Metropolitan Commissioner Masood Alam, Senior Director Transport and Communication Muhammad Ather and other officers were also present on this occasion.

The BRT Standard Design features and operational model was also discussed during the meeting and the requirements for establishment of BRT network were also discussed in detail. The former Bogota Mayor said besides the construction of flyovers, underpasses and signal free corridors in Karachi, an updated and effective mass transit system held the key for solution of transport related problems in the metropolis.

On one side it saves precious time and fuel and also minimizes the air pollution on busy corridors. He said a system like trans Milano could prove to be beneficial for Karachi city also. Administrator Karachi Saqib Soomro welcomed the services of former Bogota Mayor for BRT project in Karachi and expressed hope that the city would be benefited from his vast experience and expertise in the field of transport system.

He said it has become necessary to finish the BRT project for Karachi as soon as possible as it would provide great convenience to the citizens of Karachi in their daily life. He said the consultancy services provided by the former Bogota Mayor would certainly help completing this project without delay and this would prove to be a role model in Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Administrator Secretariat
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC)
City District Government Complex, 1st Floor, Civic Centre,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-99232400-01
Fax: +92-21-99232406
Email: administrator@karachicity.gov.pk

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