Karachi, August 23, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan was informed on Friday that the 21.7-kilometre project of Green Line Bus Rapid Transit Service (BRTS) in the city would be completed by December 2017. He was briefed on progress on the Green Line and Orange Line routes by the chief executive officer of Karachi Infrastructure Development Company, Sualeh Ahmed Faruqui, at a meeting held at the Governor House.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had performed the groundbreaking of Green Line route, which is a federally funded project, on 26 February at Annu Bahi Park in Nazimabad. Earlier, it was said that the over Rs16 billion project would be completed in one year’s time.
The officials concerned told the governor that 23 percent of work on the Nazimabad-to-Gurumnadir section of the Green Line project had been completed, 30 percent work on the Nagan Chowrangi- to-Nazimabad portion had been also completed. Similarly, work is in progress on a fast pace from Surjani Town to Nagan Chowrangi.
The governor was also informed that initially the length of Green Line was 18.4 kilometres, from Surjani Town to Gurumandir, but later its length was extended to 21.7kms till Municipal Park on MA Jinnah Road. An 11.7kms portion of Green Line would be built above the ground level, while 10kms would be on the ground.
For building the Green Line, pumping stations of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board are being shifted from Board Office, Nazimabad, and at KDA Chowrangi in North Nazimabad area. The capacity of those pumping stations would also be enhanced, while flyovers would be built at Five-Star Chowrangi, KDA Chowrangi and Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi along the proposed route of the bus service, the officials said. In all seven corridors of BRTS have been identified to be built in the city as work on two of them i.e. Green Line and Orange Line is being done simultaneously.
The passenger service stations of the BRTS would be equipped with the best of facilities for giving the maximum benefit to commuters, especially elderly citizens and children. The governor said that with the completion of the project, the residents of Karachi would be given modern mass transit facilities, which should be part and parcel of infrastructure of any up-to-date metropolitan city in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people in Karachi would benefit from BRTS projects for their daily commutes, he said.
For more information, contact:
Syed Wajahat Ali
Advisor to Governor (Higher Education and Media)
Sindh Governor House
Tel: +92-21-99201216-7, +92-21-99201201-3