Sindh CM wants Blue Line BRT design finalised by September

Published: July 19, 2017

KARACHI: Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah directed on Tuesday the transport department to prepare a detailed design of the Blue Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project by September so that work on the project through public private partnership (PPP) mode could be started in November this year.

The CM was presiding over a meeting on Blue Line BRT at the CM House. The meeting was attended by Transport and Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Planning and Development Chairperson Muhammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Transport Secretary Raheem Soomro, Finance Secretary Hassan Naqvi and officers of the Karachi Mass Transit Authority.

The transport minister informed the meeting that the Blue Line BRT project will start from Gurumandir and end at alAsif Square, Sohrab Goth.  The project will cost around Rs8 billion, he said.

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The length of the project is 11.8 kilometres (km), out of which, 6.6 km will be elevated, said the transport secretary. There will be nine stations on the route out of which five will be elevated, he added. The secretary further informed that 357,000 is the estimated number of travellers who will use the BRT daily.

The CM set a deadline for the development of the infrastructure of the project and directed the transport minister to get the detailed design and bidding documents prepared by September, 2017, so that procurement could be made in November.

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Meeting with DHA residents

The CM also met a delegation of the Defence Society Residents Association (DSRA)   body led by its president, Sharfuddin Memon. The residents discussed issues of the area with the CM.

The association complained of encroachments under the Gizri flyover. Mechanics have set up their shops under the bridge which is causing traffic jams, the delegation said, adding that the road from Gizri to Zamzama is also encroached upon by shopkeepers and has turned into a parking lot for trucks and dumpers. The CM issued orders to the relevant authorities to resolve the issue.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • KHI-citizen
    Jul 19, 2017 - 10:29AM

    So is the state of affairs that there wasn’t even a single representative of Karachi citizens in a project which is going to directly impact their lives. Sham democracy and racism at bestRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 19, 2017 - 1:14PM

    @kHI-citizen: Please stop your raciscism. Hald of the people sitting with the CM in this meeting are Karachite and MUHAJARS. As you put it. Finance, Energy & P&D including many other departments are inundated with Muhajars, Punjabis & Pathans, Kashmiris, Hazaras, Potoharis, Banglais, Beharis. there might be hardly 40-50% Sindhis in Secretariat. In comparison to other provincial secretariat where 99% of the people are locals.Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Jul 19, 2017 - 2:25PM

    In 2008 Japanese offered Wadera Corruption Party provincial and federal governments to rebuild Karachi Circular Railway. However the Japanese wanted to have the financial control in their hands to avoid usurpation of the money by these incurable corrupt species so Wadera Corruption Party thugs never let Japanese to rebuild KCR and they withdrew their offer after six year wait. Now Wadera Corruption Party thugs as usual are staging these flimsy dramas.Recommend

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