80 New Green Line Buses On The Way To Karachi
Great news for Karachiites: the Green Line Bus project is back on track! The Governor of Sindh, Imran Ismail, says that 80 new Green Line buses have started moving towards the Karachi port and will be here in a week. The Governor posted the update on his Twitter yesterday.
Earlier reports suggest that these buses run hybrid-diesel technology. Upon arrival, the buses will go through a trials and testing phase and go fully operational by the end of August.
Green Line Project
To recap, the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project was initiated by the former government of Pakistan. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif performed the groundbreaking ceremony in 2016. The project went back and forth for a few years due to bureaucratic and operational delays. The new government has completely taken over and finally made some progress.
A Spanish firm, Grupsa, is lending its technical support and services for the project. The main objectives of the Green Line BRT project are to:
Provide reliable, safe, affordable, high quality and fast BRT Bus Service
Improve the quality of life of commuters in Karachi
To vastly improve the quality of public transport system in Karachi
Provide an efficient infrastructure for local buses
Reduce travel time.
The proposed route for the Green Line extends from Surjani Town to Jama Cloth Market, covering 21 stations in total. The Green Line road corridor extends along M.A Jinnah Road towards Gurumandir. It runs northward along Business Recorder Road, Nawab Siddique Ali Khan Road, Shahrah-e-Shershah Suri and Shahrah-e-Usman, passing by some of the major landmarks such as Numaish, Board Office, and Nagan Chowrangi.
The buses will transform the public transport in Karachi and make lives easier for the common people. Hopefully, we’ll see all the buses on the Karachi roads soon! If you are in the city, do travel on the Green Line buses and share your experience.