The chief minister of Sindh has directed the transport department to complete the Orange Line infrastructure, and use the Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan for the Red Line and finalize the Yellow Line design so that work can begin for the greater good. Karachi.
CM Syed Murad Ali Shah chaired a Sindh Transport Department meeting on Tuesday to review the progress of the city’s bus fast transit system (BRTS). The meeting was attended by the Minister of Transport Sindh Awais Qadir Shah, Chairman of Planning & Development Mohammad Waseem, Administrator Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani, Commissioner Karachi Sohail Rajput, secretary of transportation and project consultants.
The chief executive said the BRTS project planned by the provincial government was starting to mature, so the transport department had to set a schedule for its breakthrough.
Renamed philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, the Orange Line part of BRTS is a 3.88 kilometer long project that has four bus stations. One bus terminal has been launched by the provincial government for Rs2.36 billion from its resources.
The route starts from the municipal administration office of Orangi Town to Jinnah University for Women in Nazimabad. National Engineering Services Pakistan is a project design and supervision consultant.
Transportation Minister Shah said the Orange Line infrastructure was almost complete but was delayed because of the Green Line because the two projects would be integrated. CM orders him to finish remaining work and report to him.
P & D chairman Waseem said Red line has three packages: the first is engineering, procurement & construction management and operations design, and the second is project management, coordination & capacity building, where the capacity building of the Sindh Mass Transit Authority and Trans-Karachi Company BRT is in process.
He said the third package is operation, design & business management, in which consultants who develop operational plans, financial models, transportation models and restructure of the bus industry will be carried out.
The Minister of Transportation said that all project consultants would support the provincial government in procuring procurement to select civil works contractors and suppliers for all project equipment such as BRT vehicles, smart transportation systems and tariff systems.
Answering CM’s questions, he said that the consultants in charge of detailed engineering design had almost completed their designs and draft versions of their drawings, and had submitted them for review and comment by the project director.
Waseem said the project consultant selection committee had selected the qualified consultants and was now waiting for ADB to issue a certificate with no objection. The Red Line section costs around Rs74.68 billion.
At the request of CM, the World Bank agreed to implement the Yellow Line, with the aim of improving urban mobility, accessibility and road safety in Karachi through the construction of a Yellow Line BRT Corridor, including a 22 km long corridor, drainage, lighting, busway. , stations, terminals and depots.
Waseem said the project concept paper had been approved by the Provincial Development Work Party and had been sent to the Planning, Development & Reform Commission for consideration and approval in the Central Development Work Party.
CM was notified that the PC-1 of the project was prepared based on a preliminary design, of which Rs61 billion had been approved by the National Executive Committee.
The Minister of Transportation said the Yellow Line route will start from Dawood Chowrangi and continue to Korangi via Jalan Korangi 8000 and Jalan Korangi via Sharea Faisal and Shahrah-e-Quaideen and will be integrated at the Numaish BRT station.
He said the project will have eight underpasses and two elevated U-turns, 268 diesel hybrid technology buses, and 28 stations, including 22 at level and six underground stations. CM directed him to start the process of procuring consulting services for the preparation of detailed designs. The minister of transport said that hiring for key positions such as environmental, communications, gender, social, procurement and financial management specialists was underway.
The chief executive directed the transport department to get consultants on board. “I have to start these two projects – Yellow Line and Red Line – so they can be completed in two years.”