KARACHI: The city administration approved on Wednesday the operation of a fleet of 200 air-conditioned buses on 14 different routes in the city.
The Sindh Ministry of Transportation has signed an agreement with a large private bus service provider that would result in the execution of 1,000 buses in the provincial capital in the coming months.
Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani, who chaired a meeting of the Regional Transportation Authority board, said Dawn that the first fleet of buses would be running on the roads of Karachi within the next two months in the first phase of the plan.
Official sources said the meeting approved 14 routes for 200 new buses and ordered the RTA to finalize the routes after consulting with all interested parties.
An agreement was recently signed between the Minister of Transportation of the People's Bus Service and the Daewoo Pakistan Express Bus Service Ltd under which one thousand buses would circulate on several Karachi routes.
The new buses, which will run on CNG, will serve the 40 routes in the city and each route will not last more than 15 kilometers.
The routes allowed by the RTA board included from Landhi (Babar Market) to Baldia, Surjani City to Korangi, Landhi (Quaidabad) to Surjani, Gulshan-i-Maymar to Tower, Landhi to Lea Market, Gulshan-i-Hadeed to Lucky Star, Landhi (Bhains colony) to Sadder, Malir Cantt to the tower, Malir Khokhrapar to the tower, Karachi north 7D to the tower, Shah Faisal colony to fishing, LERP colony to the shipyard, Taiser city to fishing and Dawood Chowrangi to the tower.
Posted on Dawn, September 19, 2019