Green line projects for Karachi


Talha Ahmed

A number of Green Line bus projects were started in Karachi starting with former city Nazim Naimatullah Khan who imported buses from Sweden and then Mustafa Kamal, who reared the Green Bus project with locally manufactured buses. Now, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has begun the Green Bus project.
Karachi’s Green Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System will help reduce people’s travel woes, but it comes at the cost of environmental loss. There is no denying the fact that development is necessary but it should not come at the cost of the environment. Our city planners should keep environmental concerns in mind while undertaking development projects. According to some reports, thousands of trees will be chopped down to make way for the long route of the BRT project in Karachi. Project managers plan to replant trees during the course of construction. In the former mayor’s tenure, promises were made to plant thousands of new trees but only a few hundred trees were planted.
Lastly, a new pedestrian bridge was made for the construction of the BRT project in Karachi so the old bridge that was removed, which was located in district central, should be relocated to another spot like along the road that goes from the SITE area to Hassan Square; that stretch has many points in desperate need of pedestrian bridges.