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Rs16.085b worth Green Bus System for Karachi to facilitate 400,000 passengers/day: Ecnec

Rs16.085b worth Green Bus System for Karachi to facilitate 400,000 passengers/day: Ecnec

ISLAMABAD: With the aim to decrease smog level in the environment of metropolis, the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved Rs16.085 billion worth Green Line Bus Rapid Transit System for Karachi.

ECNEC, under the chair of Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, considered and approved Green Line Bus Rapid Transit System from Municipal Park Saddar to KESC Power House Chowrangi Surjani, Karachi at a total cost of Rs16085.10 million. The project by Ministry of Communication envisages construction of 17.80 km long 2-lane dedicated signal free Bus Rapid Transit system at Karachi. JICA has conducted a detailed feasibility of the project and this corridor, after completion, shall benefit 400,000 passengers per day.

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) already cleared the aforesaid project on November 28 and was recommended for ECNCEC for final approval. The Green Line Bus Rapid Transit System project is being undertaken on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. During a visit to Karachi in July this year, Nawaz Sharif had announced a federal grant of Rs15 billion for the metro bus project.

During the ECNEC meeting, Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar said, the project was a gift from the Prime Minister to the people of Karachi as it was being undertaken on his initiative.