32 additional CNG buses no more

KARACHI: The fleet of remaining 32 buses of People’s Bus Service, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), is no more in the list of the Sindh government’s projects.

Unfortunately, the CNG buses which could be helpful to soothe the troubles of the citizens with limited expenditure on their maintenance to support temporarily the worsening situation of transport sector as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project and Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) still seem to be a far cry. It has also been learnt that many body parts of the remaining buses have been theft due to the negligence of KMC officers.

Officials of transport department told PPI that the claims of launching the remaining CNG buses had become history now, and the Sindh government was focusing on the six corridors of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.

36 refurbished CNG buses were launched by the chief minister of Sindh on 5th September 2014 and at the launching ceremony the CM had promised that the remaining buses would soon be launched in a few weeks. However, the buses could not be brought on road after remaining for long in process of getting funds for its maintenance.

The CM on 11th September 2014 had directed the transport department to bring the remaining 32 CNG buses on the city’s roads within the next four to six weeks.

The present buses are running from Quaidabad to Merewether Tower via Sharea Faisal. The additional buses were expected to run from Sohrab Goth to Saddar and from Surjani Town to Saddar; however, these buses are not being brought to the city roads.

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