KARACHI: 14, OCTOBER, 2021: Another shipment of 40 Green Line buses will arrive in Karachi today (Thursday). Cargo ship Ocean carrying the buses will reach Karachi Port today at 11:40 in the morning.
On October 4, test run of the Green Line BRT began on 23-km route (Surjani Town to Numaish Chowrangi) after the PTI-led federal government launched its trial operation.
The test run would continue for at least one month before the launch of its commercial operation (opening for the public at large) in November.
According to details, the city's Green Line BRT project with intersections is 24 km long which includes 12.7 km elevated, 10.9 km at grade, and 422 meters underground, and has 25 stations.
The phase-II common corridor from Gurumandir up to Municipal Park with a length of 2.5 km has two underpasses at M.A Jinnah Road. The state-of-art underground bus terminal with a parking facility and the commercial mezzanine floor was also constructed at Numaish intersection. The construction work on Phase-I of the project was started in 2016.
Earlier, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail said "I am hopeful this service will be available to Karachiites within a month and a half after a few minor jobs are completed."
"The first shipment of 40 buses is already here for which drivers are being trained and the process is in its final stage. The next shipment of 40 buses will arrive here on Oct 13, raising the fleet to 80 buses, and then Prime Minister Imran Khan will formally launch the service," he said adding that, "This project has been completed at a cost of Rs35 billion,” he said.
“It’s a world class project which has all the qualities and services to offer which you see in any developed country. Those who are frequent visitors to London suggest that the Metro Service of London has the same design of stations and services. This project is a reflection of the PM’s efforts for the development of Karachi and its people." (04)