KARACHI: Sindh government has decided to cancel "Green Buses" procurement process following the federal government's decision to run the buses on this route on its own. The meeting on public-private partnership (PPP) on Thursday was informed that the provincial government had started the process of procurement of buses for Green Line Project, but has now stopped it. "Today's meeting has now approved to start Orange Line buses' procurement process afresh," an official privy to the development said.
Earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the PPP Unit of Sindh has been recognised by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and ranked sixth in Asia in its report of 2018. "This is the manifestation of our hard work, sincerity and commitment with the people of Sindh".
The 28th PPP Policy Board meeting was held at Chief Minister's House on Thursday. Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah presented a report of EIU in which Sindh PPP Unit has been ranked sixth in Asia. It states, "Sindh's most positive performance are in its regulatory environment (especially its PPP selection criteria and fairness and openness of bids and contracts) and its institutional environment, including the stability of its PPP agency, the resourcing of project selection and implementation, institutional transparency and accountability".
The PPP unit presented the Malir Expressway project, proposing to construct an interchange at Link Road to give passage to Education City.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2019.