60 new buses in Karachi soon

Karachi: Sindh government will run 60 buses in Karachi by the end of 2014 to overcome traffic problems faced by commuters. According to transport department, having a population of almost 20 million, the city has only 12000 buses. It states that almost 45 people are struggling for one bus seat in the city as compared to 12 in Mumbai. The project is initiated by Transport and Mass Transit Department in association with Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit of provincial finance department.

The buses starting point will be Dawood Chowrangi, passing points FTC, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Shahrah-e-Quaideen up to Khudadad Chowrangi, Kashmir Road to People’s Roundabout and then to Regal Chowk through New M.A. Jinnah Road-Preedy Street, while last stop will be Numaish Chowrangi.

The buses will run on a 26-km long route. There will be 24 stations of the buses. Almost 125,000 people will be able to take advantage from the buses on daily basis. Talking to PPI at his office, Provincial Minister for Transport, Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani, said that the government was willing to resolve transport problems faced by people of the province. “We have planned inter and intra-city bus projects which will be helpful in resolving problems faced by people.”

He said that the aim of the project was to improve quality of public transport system and provide speeding bus service so as to reduce travel time of the passengers. “This transport system will be better than metro buses, which was initiated by Punjab government.”

Jakhrani said that the project would be divided into three phases which include infrastructure development for the buses route, operations of bus and revenue collection from the tickets. He said that the buses would run on diesel, while the provincial government would provide subsidy to minimize fare of the bus.

“E-ticketing will be introduced for the project and different centres will be set up to sell tickets. Just like ticketing in modern world, the ticket could be used during 24 hours after purchase date.”

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