Finance releases Rs 7.96 billion for bus project

WEB DESK: The bus project plan unveiled by prime minister was earlier approved by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) at a rationalised cost of Rs 16085 million. The Finance Division has released Rs 7961 million for FY 2015-16 under special arrangements. The project would be undertaken by the Karachi Infrastructure Development Co Ltd (KIDCL). Chief Executive Officer Saleh Farooqi said the project would not only involve latest technology, but would also be user and environment friendly and provide best available facilies to the users.

After the completion of the detailed design, bidding documents were floated in August and September 2015, while the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report was approved in October. The project would be completed in different phases. In Package No GL 01- a 3.5 Kms RCC Elevated Section would be constructed from Gurumandir – Nazimabad Chowrangi.

The China Railway First Group – MATRACON JV has been awarded the contract of Rs 1,813 millions for the project. Under the Package No 2: Relocation of 1200 mm Water Trunk Main, Pumping Station and other Water Board Lines would be completed at a cost of Rs 200 million. The works for this package commenced in December 2015.

In Package No 3 an Integrated Intelligent Transportation System – IITS has been set-up. This involved procurement of Integrated Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Design Consultancy for Karachi Mass Transit Plan. A German lead firm M/s. BLIC GMBH has been selected for the IITS task, at a cost of Rs 146 million; In Package No GL-02 from Nagan Chowrangi to Nazimabad Chowrangi, M/s. Chaudhry Abdul Latif & Sons (CALSON) have been selected for a Contract Price of Rs 1,084 millions- for Eight (08) KM corridor, mostly at-grade with Three (03) Fly-overs at Sakhi-Hassan, 5-Star, and KDA Intersections.

A Letter of Acceptance has been issued, and test pile executed, however a formal contract was yet to be signed. In Package No GL-03, Agha Construction Company has been selected for a contract of Rs 785 million to construct Board Office Interchange. It would enable physical integration of Green Line with Orange Line and Karachi Circular Railway (KCR).

A Letter of Acceptance has been issued, while a formal contract was yet to be signed for want of Performance Securities and other codal formalities. The project also involves relocation of utilities, which have been fully mapped; works commenced, and the task was being executed within approved cost. The KIDCL has developed architecture of BRT Stations for Karachi in view of aesthetics, functionality and sustainability and keeping in view the experience of Lahore and Islamabad metro bus stations.

The scope of the project has also been changed, within the approved cost and instead of the elevated component of 3.45 KM in the PC-I, 11.70 Kms dedicated elevated corridor was being provided at no additional cost. Similarly, the designing and feasibility of Integrated Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) for Karachi Mass Transit Plan, under Prime Minister directives has been provided at no additional cost.

Salient Features of the Project:

Start Point KESC Power House
Chowrangi, Surjani
End Point Municipal Park,
M.A. Jinnah Road
Project Length 22.0 KM
Infrastructure Length 18.4 KM
Elevated 11.7 KM
At-Grade 7.70 KM
Bus Stations 22 Nos
Average Distance b/w Stations 800 meters
(400 meter center-on-center)
BRT Route Corridor Completely Dedicated
Daily Passengers Trip 300,000

Elderly/Disabled Access Compliant Design Environmental Friendly Design Fully Integrated ITS & Automated Ticketing.