Karachi, August 10, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah expressing his surprise over inordinate delay in the clearance of Karachi Mass Transit Authority (KMTA) draft bill by ‘Standing Committee’ of the provincial Assembly has directed to present and pass the bill in the next assembly session. This he said while presiding over a meeting on Transport Department here at CM House today. The meeting was attended by Minister Transport Nasir Shah, Secretary Transport Taha Farooqi, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi and other concerned officers.
Minister Transport Syed Nasir Shah briefing the chief minister said that to develop an efficient transport system in the establishment of KMTA is inevitable. The draft bill of the authority was presented in the assembly in September 2014 which referred it to the standing committee for clearance. The committee put the draft bill on the back burner till May 2016.
On the chief minister expressed his dismay and said that the actual cause of delay in the establishment of transport system delay in establish the authority. The chief minister directed the transport minister Nasir Shah to table the bill in the next assembly session to pass it. ‘Whatever the legal formalities are concerned you must fulfil them and where my approval is required it would be done on top priority basis,” he assured.
The chief minister directed transport department to establish a Karachi Mass Transit Cell (KMTC) in the transport department till the approval of the authority bill and start recruitment process for the required positions. “You need efficient, experienced and dedicated professionals to start mass transit system in the city,” he said otherwise serious problems of integration of different Bus Rapid Transport system would develop.
Secretary Transport Taha Farooqi said that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) had offered capacity building of officers of the KMTC or authority. The integration system of different BRTs would also be developed by ADB. Briefing on the BRT corridors, the secretary said that Green Line project is 22 kilometre long starting from Surjani to Jamia Cloth Market via North Nazimabad, Nazimabad and M.A Jinnah Road. Work on this project was in progress.
Orange Line project has been started by Sindh government. It a 3.9 kilometres long starts from Orangi Town to Matric Board office. Work on this project has been started. Yellow Line project is 22.4 kilometre long starting from Dawood Chowrangi to Numaish, Lucky Star via Korangi road. Minister Transport Nasir Shah said that it is being started on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. A Chinese company is going to start it and for the purpose agreement would be signed very soon.
Secretary Taha Farooqi said that Red line is also a 22 kilometre long BRT starting from Malir Cantt to Regal Chowk via University Road. The project would be started with the assistance of Asian development Bank. The process of completing necessary formalities were in process. The chief minister directed the transport minister to personally monitor the process and get it done at the earliest. Talking about Blue Line, the secretary said that it was a 22.4 km long project staring from New Sabzi Mandi too Tower via M.A Jinnah Road. It would also be started o PPP mode.
The chief minister directed the secretary transport to move a summary for seed money to establish KMTA office so that just after approval of the authority bill work could be started. “You have to speed up your work and I want to travel in the BRT along with other passengers whichever is completed first. He directed his Principal Secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch to follow the decisions taken in the meeting for implementation in time but “I would stay well in time.”
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