BRT Orange line to start operation from mid October: Murad


Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah presiding over a meeting of Provincial Coordination & Implementation Committee (PCIC) decided to allot 47 plots to affected residents of anti-encroachment drive of District Central 7000 Road Nullah and directed provincial transport department to complete BRT Orange Line in August and expedite work on Karachi Circular Railway.

The meeting was held at CM House on Friday and attended by provincial ministers Nasir Shah, AvaisQadir Shah,  Corps Commander Karachi Lt. General Nadeem Anjum, CM’s Adviser MurtazaWahab, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, GOC Malir Maj Gen Omer Maqbool, Chairperson P&D Shireen Narejo, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Commissioner Karachi Naveed Shaikh, Adl Secretary Ministry of Planning Aziz Uqaili, Secretary Transport Shariq Ahmed, Administrator KMC LaiqAhmed, MD water Board Asadullah Khan, MD SSWMB ZubairChanna, VC NED DrSaroshLodhi, Brig Waqar of FWO, Brig FawadMasud of NLC, Brig YasirElahi of PCIC. Chairman NDMA Lt Gen Akhter Nawaz attended the meeting through video link.

On the agenda of the meeting was KCR and BRTs, anti-encroachment drive progress, mullah rehabilitation progress, disaster management plan.

The transport department told the meeting that the FWO had conducted a survey for detailed design, and estimated cost for flyover/underpasses along the KCR route.

According to the PC-1 three elevated structures would be constructed in the phase-1 at a cost of RS4.9 billion.

In-phase elevated structures over an area of 6.4 km would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs11.508 billion. The CM said that he had committed to provide Rs6 billion which would be provided by his government as per the timeline of the railway authorities.

PD KCR Ameer Daudpota told the meeting that there were some issues which needed to be resolved before starting the work. At this the chief minister said he would chair a meeting of KCR and Transport department and city administration on Monday to resolve all the KCR issues so that work on the proposed project as per supreme court order could be started.

The meeting was told that the Sindh govt project, Orange line, was 3.88 kilometers, including four stations and one bus terminal. The infrastructure of the project would be completed by the end of next month.

The Sindh transport department has released Rs2.120 billion to SIDCL for procurement of 20 buses and Rs587,194,113 regarding operationalization of the BRT. The buses will reach from China in December 2021.

Red Line: The meeting was told that the BRT Red Line was Pakistan’s first mass transit system with zero carbon emission due to the biogas component. All its 912 vehicles would operate in direct feeder and trunk routes to travel along the corridor. A state-of-art biogas plant would be installed near Bhains Colony.

The meeting was told that the supervision consultant of the project has been selected. The civil contractor was being finalized and then financial bid opening would be made.

The meeting was told that the Malir Halt and Masumiyat depots were being used by Pakistan Rangers and they were assured that they would vacate them when work would be started.

The chief minister directed the chief secretary to provide alternate space to the Rangers so that they could continue their operational work smoothly.


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