CM Sindh opens Orange Line Transport System

KARACHI:  Sindh Chief Minister has said that his government has carried out a number of development projects for the benefit of Karachiites.

“We have given underpasses, flyover and now giving efficient transport system to Karachi. This is your government and it is working for welfare of Karachiites,” said Syed Qaim Ali Shah while addressing a gathering just after performing ground- breaking ceremony of Orange Line Transport System at TMA Park, Korangi-District West here on Friday.

The ceremony was attended by provincial Transport Minister Mumtaz Jakharni, Special Assistant to CM on Finance Umer Rehman, Special Assistant to CM Waqar Mehdi, Secretary Transport Taha Farooqi and others.

He said that the PPP government has given ownership to Karachi and has launched a number of projects, including K-IV for which all formalities were completed yesterday.

It would provide 260 MGD water to Karachi which would cater more than 80 percent requirement of the city, he added.

The CM Sindh said that the other major problem of the city is transport. “We have conceived six Rapid Bus Transport (RBT), of them, the federal government is constructing Green Line, Sindh government from its resources establishing Orange Line being launched today.

The rest of two lines would be carried out through Public Private Partnership,” he remarked.

He recalled that when he was minister for Rehabilitation during the tenure of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto some Behari students of Karachi University went to his office in Tughluq House and started hue and cry for their settlement.

“On behalf of Prime Minister Zulkfikar Ali Bhutto he had announced to allocate 25000 acre land in Korangi. This Korangi area was established by Shaheed Bhutto and PPP used to sweep from this area. Afaq Shahid was our MNA,” he recalled.

He said that with the establishment of communication system like transport, the trade and commercial activities would further flourish in the city.

Sindh Transport Minister Mumtaz Jakhrani said that some people have started politics of water. “I am asking them why failed to provide water to Karachi when they were in power,” he asked and added that it was PPP government which was looking after Karachiites properly.

He said the Orange line is initially being established to cover four kilometers and before its completion it would be expanded on nine kilometers.

Special Assistant to chief minister Umer Rehman said that the Sindh government was constructing Orange line project from its own resources.

The other transport projects would be carried out on public private partnership (PPP) mode, he added.

He congratulated PPP chairman Bilwal Bhutto as the project was being launched on his directions.

Secretary Transport Taha Farooqui spelling out the silent features of the project said that it was being constructed at a cost of Rs 1.14 billion.

He claimed to have saved over Rs one billion by rationalizing its cost. He said that it was originally a four kilometer project which has the capacity of over 50,000 commuter per hour.

He said that there was no system of integration among different six BRTs in the city and even such system did not exists anywhere in Pakistan.

“The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has started developing an integration system of different BRTs to operate in Karachi for us,” he disclosed.

He added that the issues of traffic jams, road blocks would come to an end with the operating of different RBT systems.

Earlier, the CM Sindh unveiled a plaque to lay foundation stone of the project on which works started on Friday.-APP