KARACHI – Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed the transportation department to complete the Orange Line project infrastructure, secure an effective ADB Red Line loan and complete the Yellow Line design so that work can begin for a greater interest. Karachi city. This he said on Tuesday while chairing a meeting of the Sindh Transport department to review the progress of the BRT system.
The meeting was attended by Transport Minister Awais Qadir Shah, Chairman of P&D M. Waseem, Administrator Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani, Commissioner Karachi Sohail Rajput, Transport Secretary Shaiq Ahmed and project consultants. The Chief Minister said that the BRT project planned by his government had begun to mature, therefore the transportation agency had to set a deadline for the groundbreaking. During the meeting it was informed that the Orange Line, which was renamed BRT Abdul Sattar Edhi, is 3.88 km long which has four bus terminals and one bus terminal has been launched by the provincial government from its resources of Rs 2.36 billion.
The route starts from TMA Office Orangi Town to Jinnah University for Women Nazimabad, Karachi. M / s NESPAK is a project design and supervision consultant.
Sindh Transport Minister Awais Qadir Shah told the Chief Minister that the BRT infrastructure was almost complete but was delayed due to the completion of the Green Line because it had to be integrated with it. The Chief Minister directed him to finish the remaining work and report to him. P&D Chairman Mohammad Waseem told the Chief Minister that the BRT Red Line had three packages, including engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) and operation design; the other is Project Management, Coordination and Capacity Building (PMCCB), he said, adding that in this package the capacity building of the Sindh Mass Transit Authority and the TransKarachi BRT Company is ongoing.
The third package is Business Operations, Design and Management (ODBM). Under this package the consultant develops operational plans, financial models, transport models and restructuring of the bus industry. Awais Qadir Shah said that all consultants and TransKarachi will support the Sindh government in procuring procurement to select contractors for civil works and suppliers for all project equipment such as BRT vehicles, smart transportation systems and tariff systems. Responding to the Chief Minister’s question, Awais Qadir Shah said that the consultant in charge of detailed engineering design had almost completed the design and draft version of the drawing and had submitted it for review and comment by the project director.
The P&D Chair told the Chief Minister that the project consultant selection committee had selected the qualified consultants and was now waiting for the Asian Development Bank NOC to issue the RFP.
It should be noted that the Red Line project cost was Rs74,679.4 million.
It was also informed that the World Bank has agreed to implement the Yellow Line project with the aim of improving urban mobility, road accessibility and safety in Karachi, through the construction of a Yellow Line BRT Corridor, including a 22 km Yellow Line BRT corridor, drainage, lighting, stations, terminals and depot.
The Chair of P&D Waseem said that the project concept paper had been approved by the PDWP which had been sent to the Development Planning and Planning Reform Commission for consideration and approval in the CDWP.
CM Sindh was informed that the PC-1 had been prepared, based on the preliminary design, for Rs61 billion which had been approved by ECNEC.
Transportation Minister Awais Qadir Shah said the Yellow Line would be a 22 km long route starting from Dawood Chowrangi, Korangi via Korangi 8000 road and Korangi Street via Shahrah-e-Faisal and Shaharah-e-Quaindeen and would be integrated at the Numaish BRT station. He added that it will have eight Underpasses and two U-turn Elevated, 268 Hybrid Technology diesel buses, and 28 stations, including 22 on level and six underground.
The Chief Minister directed the Ministry of Transportation to initiate the procurement process for the procurement of consulting services for the preparation of design details. Awais Qadir Shah said that the recruitment of key positions such as environmental, communications, gender, social, procurement and financial management specialists is in progress.
The Chief Minister directed the transport department to get the consultants on board as quickly as possible. “I will start these two projects, the Yellow Line and the Red Line, so that they can be completed within two years,” he concluded.
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