Karachi Mega transport projects deadline was set by the Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar to put the two mega projects into operation. One of the projects named Karachi Circular Railway costs Rs300 billion and the other project Green Line Bus Rapid Transport costs Rs25 billion.
As per the official statement released from the ministry, the deadline for award of operational and maintenance contract for the project would be proffered by May 2021. It was further mentioned that the prototype buses would be available for testing and commissioning by April 25.
The minister while reviewing the KCR freight project instructed the Ministry of Railways, SIDCL, and P3A to finalise the Tripartite Agreement to figure out the scope of work reflecting the role of each party in the mutually agreed projects to be initiated in Public Private Partnership/Build-Operate and Transfer modes.
Furthermore, Mr Umar said that the Green Line BRT should be operational by August 2021 and directed SIDCL to review all the activities vigilantly to attain the specific timelines with a partial and complete solution of its implementation.
The ministry said that the meeting reviewed the pace of the Green Line BRT and KCR projects. Chief Operating Officer of SIDCL Bilal Memon briefed the meeting about the matters related to Green Line infrastructure progress and procurement update on operational sides of BRT.
It was ensured that the federal government will expedite the pace of all the development projects including BRT to ease the issues encountered by Karachiites.