KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday performed the groundbreaking of the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit System in Karachi, the first-ever Rapid Transit system to be initiated by the federal government.
The Green Line Bus project is a significant milestone in upgrading and decongesting the overburdened transport infrastructure of Karachi as well as reducing the cost and travel time for the residents of the metropolis, said a PM House statement on Thursday.
The Rapid Transit system would start from Surjani Town and culminate at Municipal Park M A Jinnah Road.
After its completion, the corridor would benefit nearly 300,000 passengers a day.
The estimated cost of the corridor is Rs16,085 million and entire funding had been provided by the federal government.
The project is expected to be completed within a year.
A fully autonomous company – Karachi Infrastructure Development Company Limited (KIDCL) – has been incorporated under a Board of Directors comprising a good mix of project stakeholders including senior government functionaries, independent and technical directors and members from academia to take all decisions independently for planning and implementation of the project.
Earlier upon his arrival at the PAF Base Faisal, the prime minister was welcomed by Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. The provincial home minister, chief secretary, DG Sindh Rangers, and IG Sindh Police were also present at the base.