CM orders KMC to bring fleet of 36 buses on road by Sept 2014

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the management of KMC to bring the fleet of 36 buses on road by 2nd Sepctember 2014 and asked the provincial Transport Department to complete all codal formalities of Yellow line bus service by the 1st December 2014 so that this project could be made functional by the end of 2015 under PPP mode of investment. He also directed the management to expedite the working on intercity bus project to communicate at least all the divisional head quarters to Karachi by plying 100 buses at initial stage of this project. The Chief Minister Sindh directed the planning and development department to get the PC -I of Green Bus Line completed and submitted to federal government within one month time, so that Transport facilities should be ensured to the people of Karachi within shortest possible time. He directed the management to take Orange Line Bus Service in hand with immediate effect for which Rs.3 billion has been protected in the current budget.
This he directed while presiding over a meeting regarding implementation on mass Transit program at CM House today. The Sindh Minister for Transport Mumtaz Jakhrani, Advisor to CM Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, Additional Chief Secretary (P&D) Mohammad Wasim, Secretary to CM Alumdin Bulo, Secretary Transport Tauha Ahmed Farooqui, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Commissioner Karachi Shoab Siddiqui, Administrator KMC Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, Director Karachi Mass Transit Cell Fazal Karim Khatri and other officers attended the meeting.
Expressing his dismay over concerned officers of KMC for not bringing the KMC buses on road as announced earlier, the Chief Minister Sindh said that Sindh Government has invested huge amount on the repair and reconditioning of KMC buses which were supposed to be on road before Eid-ul-Fitr but due to slackness of officers and due to little bottlenecks / excuses, all the technically prepared / fit buses are standing one hand while the people of Karachi are facing transport difficulties on the other hand. He warned the officers to bring the buses till 2nd Sept. 2014 at any cost and also expedite the working for early implementation on Karachi mass transit program. He warned that any cell or part government department, organization which is not performing up to satisfaction should be disbanded. He said that PPP was the party of poor people to whom it was committed to provide at least all basic but qualitative facilities. The Chief Minister Sindh said that though the green bus line to be implemented by federal government with its estimated cost of Rs.15 billion, but Sindh government must submit its PC-I within shortest possible time not more than one month, which according to the officers was about to complete for onward transmission to the federal government for its approval from proper forum ECNIC. The Chief Minister Sindh said that in addition to Green Bus Line of Federal Government, Sindh Government is going to launch 26km long distance Yellow Line bus service at its estimate cost of Rs. 12billion with PPP mode of investment and directed the officers to complete its all codal formalities and ensure its ground breaking ceremony by 1st December 2014 so that it can be completed by the end of 2015. The Chief Minister Sindh directed the officers also to start working on Orange Line Bus Service for which Rs. 3 billion has been earmarked and even protected in current budget 2014-15.
The Chief Minister Sindh directed the ACS (P&D) that in addition to working for implementation on the KCR project, also to propose substitute projects with the consultation of federal government so that this subject could be decided once for all. The Chief Minister Sindh expressed his satisfaction over the proposed intercity bus project under which 358 buses could be plyed on 9 identified bus routes in the city at least to facilitate 3,85000 commuters per day. The Chief Minister Sindh directed the officers to showcase this project for the foreign investors as many foreign investors are taking keen interested to invest here at Karachi.
The Secretary Transport Tauha Ahmed Farooqui while briefing the meeting, said that NESPAK consultants have been assigned to preparer the PC-I of Green Line Bus Services and it was almost prepared and to be submitted to P&D within 8 to 10 days for onward transmission to federal government. Similarly, the technical proposals submitted by 11 interested investment companies for implementation on Yellow Line Bus Service have been opened yesterday on August 21st 2014, and same were being evaluated, and added that this whole process including financial bids from interested companies be evaluated and completed within 2 to 3 months. Besides, working on intercity project was also got matured and very soon they (management) be able to launch the project.
He assured the Chief Minister that working on Orange Line bus service which is proposed to run from Orangi Town to the Matriculation Board will be completed within shortest time so that available amount of Rs. 3 billion could be utilized and people of Karachi be facilitated.