Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System in Karachi
The Sindh government has said it will start construction of the Red Line corridor of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Karachi in July. Photo for illustrative purposes. Image Credit: Supplied

Karachi: The Sindh government has said that it is going to start construction of the Red Line corridor of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Karachi later this year with foreign assistance.

Construction of over 26 kilometres-long Red Line corridor from Malir Halt till Naumiash intersection of Karachi will begin from July. The decision to this effect was made at a meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah on Wednesday.

The Asian Development Bank and other foreign lending agencies have been providing assistance to build the Red Line corridor in Karachi. The initial estimates say that US $ 500 million will be spent to build the corridor. A cycling track will also be built along the Red Line corridor. The Red Line corridor at Naumiash Intersection will join the Green Line corridor of BRTS whose construction is going to be completed later this year. Green Line corridor goes up to Merewether Tower in Karachi.

The bus operations on the proposed Red Line corridor will be completely environment friendly as bio-methane is going to be used as the fuel for the purpose.

Sindh Chief Secretary said that a total of 250 buses would operate on the Red Line corridor of BRTS that would consume bio-methane as fuel.

Public-private partnership

A bio-gas plant will be established at Cattle Colony in Landhi area of Karachi as the plant would consume 3,000 tonnes of manure every day to generate bio-fuel for the Red Line buses to operate in the city. The plant will provide 11 tonnes of compressed bio-gas daily for operation of the buses.

The Sindh government will invite prospective transporters to use the same corridor to launch their bus service under public-private partnership mode.

The Red Line corridor is expected to provide mass transportation facilities to 3,50,000 passengers daily. The Sindh government will also plant 25,000 tree saplings along the proposed Red Line corridor.