PM announces metro bus service for Karachi

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday announced to initiate metro bus service under Green Line Project in Karachi. He announced this while chairing a high level meeting held at Governor House to review law and order situation in Karachi. The meeting was attended by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Railways Minister Saad Rafique, Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon, Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, DG Rangers Maj Gen Rizwan Akhtar, acting IGP Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali, Corps Commander Karachi, representatives from Jamaat-i-Islami, Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Awami National Party.

According to PM House spokesman, the decision to introduce metro bus project in Karachi was taken due to increased transport difficulties faced by the citizens in the city as it would help in reducing transport problems.

The total cost of the project is Rs 15 billion, which would be provided by the federal government. The bus service route of the project would be 24.5 kilometres, which would begin from Surjani Town and conclude at Tower. Modern air-conditioned buses would be run on the track and it would be completed soon likewise the similar project in Lahore and Rawalpindi.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the green bus project is a gift of federal government to Karachiites that would prove a milestone. “People would get more transport facilities through this project as 350,000 passengers could utilize this service daily,” he said.

The prime minister said that Rs 55 billon were also released to National Highway Authority for land required for Lahore-Karachi motorway which would begin soon.

The prime minister was also briefed over Karachi Circular Railway Project, sewerage project (S-3) and water project (K-IV) and rapid bus projects. He was told that the encroachments on KCR land was not yet removed, which include more than 4000 houses and other illegal construction. He was told that the KCR project would resolve several problems the city. The prime minister said that the federal government was ready to cooperate with Sindh government in completion of these projects.

Meanwhile, Governor Sindh spokesman said that a project linking Karachi Port from Bin Qasim Port was also approved in the meeting with the efforts of Dr Ishratul Ibad. He said that project would join the two ports and is named Malir Motorway Project and it would cost Rs 42 billion. The Prime Minister had directed NHA to initiate work on the project.

Nawaz Sharif was also briefed on law and order situation in the city and progress on Karachi operation by Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana. The Chief Secretary told the meeting that 7000 policemen had been recruited whose training was underway.

He said the targeted operation in Karachi was heading in the right direction and that sensitive areas had been identified following the attack on Karachi airport. The work on erection of walls around the sensitive national installations was also underway, he added.

The premier expressed his displeasure over the performance of Sindh government towards maintenance of law and order situation of the provincial capital and ordered to devise a joint action plan with the cooperation of law enforcement institutions, interior ministry and Sindh government to curb criminal activities in the metropolis.

Nawaz criticized CM Sindh for repeatedly changing IG Police Sindh and asked him how he could get desired result with such frequent changes at the top level of police in the province.

“You even transferred the services of IGP Sindh to the federation,” the Premier lamented, adding, nine out of ten decisions taken during last briefing on Karachi law and order had not yet been implemented.

The Corps Commander Karachi assured that the army would extend its cooperation for maintaining law and order in the provincial capital.

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