Sharjeel offers WB to bring 300 EV buses for Karachi

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Information, Transport and Mass Transit Sharjeel Inam Memon on Thursday has offered World Bank delegation to bring 300 electric buses in Karachi.

Provincial Minister extended this investment offer to world bank delegation during a meeting on Karachi BRT yellow line held at his office on Thursday. The World Bank Practice Manager Transport Shomik Mehndiratta and Senior Transport Specialist Hassan Zaidi represented the world bank in the meeting. Secretary Transport Abdul Halim Shaikh, Managing Director Sindh Mass Transit Authority Cap( R.) Altaf Hussain Sario, Project Director BRT Yellow Line Ameer Fazal, Shaheen Sabir and Muhammad Yusuf Muneer Director SMTA were also attended the meeting.

Talking to world bank delegation, the minister added that Sindh government is endeavouring to improve the public transport system on modern lines in the province and said that transport sector has attractive investment opportunities to international investors as government is willing to provide them maximum facilities.
The meeting throughly reviewed the progress on the BRT Yellow Line.

On the proposal of the provincial minister, the representatives of the World Bank agreed to conduct a joint survey on the route of the BRT yellow line to make.Project Director BRT Yellow line while briefing about the project told that the BRT Yellow Line will cost $438 million and 21 kilometer dedicated corridor will be erected between Dawood Chowrangi and Numaish Chowrangi.

The corridor will start from Dawood Chowrangi in Korangi Industrial Area via Jam Sadiq Bridge, Main Korangi Road , FTC Interchange Shahrah-e Faisal , Shahrah-e Quaideen, Kashmir Road Interchange and will integrate with BRT Red Line at Numaish Chowrangi. On The occasion, the minister also discussed bullet train project between Karachi and Sukkar and told the WB delegation that Sindh government is also planning to run a bullet train between Karachi and Sukkur and sought cooperation of the World Bank. He said that Karachi-Sukkur is a busy traveling section which offers excellent opportunities for investors.

He said that sindh government has envised a future plan to run a bullet train on the route with initial plan from Karachi to Hyderabad and later extending it up to Sukkur. The World Bank delegation assured the provincial minister of all possible cooperation in improving the public transport sector in the province.