KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, under Intra-City Bus Project, approved on Monday Rs195 million to start 32 buses on Shahrah-e-Faisal in the first phase of the project.
He took this decision while presiding over a meeting here at CM House to review the progress on intra-city and inter-city bus projects including the Orange Line. The meeting was attended by Minister for Planning & Development (P&D) Hazar Khan Bijarani, Minister for Transport & Information Nasir Shah, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Transport Secretary Saeed Awan and others.
Nasir Shah briefed the chief minister and said that the provincial government has earmarked Rs2 billion to place them at Sindh Modarba Ltd to support subsidy requirements of the project over the period of next five years.
The Provincial Minister said that the transport department has received the proposal from Daewoo Express Ltd which envisages inducting 288 vehicles on five routes with an average fleet of 50 vehicles per route. He added that the routes include Qayyumabad to Qasba Colony, Baldia to Quaidabad, Shah Faisal Colony to Fisheries, Landhi to Surjani and Landhi to Baldia.
Chief Minister Murad Shah directed the minister for finance to start 32 Daewoo buses on long route of Shahrah-e-Faisal and later on the other routes.
The CM also directed the transport minister to make necessary arrangements for inaugurating the bus service on Shahrah-e-Faisal on February 15. “This is the target and you have to make all the agreements and other arrangements to start the intra-City bus service in Karachi,” he said.