Karachi: Work has been initiated on the BRT (Red Line Bus Rapid Transit) project by the Sindh government. The development follows a deep down analysis that is associated with the federal government-managed Green Line BRT project that it would never be sufficient enough to meet the traffic and transportation needs of Karachi.
Currently, the provincial government is planning to complete the project by 2021. It is expected to incur nearly USD 88 million in this project. ADB (Asian Development Bank) along with other investors are going to provide USD 474.321 million.
Recently, the Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan, Imran Khan issued special directives to ensure early completion of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The constructors are advised to begin the work even in double shifts to make sure the project gets completed as per the timeline set before.
The Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KKP) Mahmood Khan has ensured the contractor's proper payments for double shifts and ready to resolve any problem being faced by them. It is advised to the contractors not to compromise at all on the fronts of the construction quality with timely completion and speedy work.
Red Line BRT project will comprise the construction of the 29.1-kilometer long corridor. The Sindh Mass Transport Authority and Trans Karachi Company have been appointed recently to monitor the project construction, maintenance, operation and security.
In January, it was planned to launch the first bio-powered and the zero-emission transport services in Karachi. BRT project will be Pakistan’s first zero-emission public transport system that can help in pumping over 2.7 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air over the next 30 years.
The sources have also reported that after the successful completion of the Red Line BRT project, there would be chances of job opportunities too. This will meet the employment needs of the country.