Authorities in Karachi have announced that the construction of the Red Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service route will begin this month. The decision was finalized by the Karachi Commissioner’s Office, following a meeting that included discussions regarding Karachi’s transport sector.
As per a media report, the project has been approved with a development budget of Rs. 7 billion. It will be a two-corridor project that will start from Malir Halt. The first corridor will be from Malir Halt to the Numaish area, and the second will be from Numaish to Tower.
The commissioner has approved the construction of the first corridor, which spans to 27-kilometers. The route has 16 stations, namely, Malir Halt, Model Colony, Safoora Goth, King Cottages, Met Office, NED University, Safari Park, Nipa, Urdu University, Masjid Baitul Mukarram, Civic Centre, Askari Park, Dawood University, Society Office, and finally Numaish.
According to the report, the commissioner added that the district administration is doing its best to restore public transport to facilitate the public with comfortable, reliable, and pocket-friendly means of public transportation.
It bears mentioning, however, that the public is still awaiting the initiation of the greenline bus service in the city, the launch of which is long overdue. Also, the government had restored the circular railway project a few weeks ago, but the service seems to be struggling with managing its expenses due to a low number of users.
For a long time now, Karachi’s public transport sector has become somewhat of a problem child due to the alleged negligence of the authorities. The government seems eager to redeem the sector and is making considerable efforts in that direction but it needs focused efforts instead of throwing more money at the problem.