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Karachi to have 240 modern buses by June 2022



KARACHI: As many as 240 modern buses will be plying on the roads of metropolis with an aim to ensure provision of the best transport facilities to Karachiites. These buses will be operational by June 2022.

Out of the total 240 buses, 49 buses have arrived at the port while 71 buses will reach the port within a week while the remaining 130 more will reach by the start of June 2022.

The Transport Department of the Sindh government remained dysfunctional with no mega project for the Karachiites however after Sharjeel Inam Memon was made Sindh Minister for Transport and Mass Transport city’s transport sector received extraordinary attention, insiders told Sindhnews.

The Karachi Transportation Improvement Project (KTIP) was conducted from April 2010 to June 2012 by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with the Sindh Mass Transport Authority (formerly Karachi Mass Transit Cell) and the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (formerly City District Government Karachi).

Under this project, a ‘Karachi Transportation Improvement Plan 2030’ was formulated which included formation of Sindh Mass Transit Authority (SMTA), the revival of Karachi Circular Railway, two Mass Rapid Transit lines i.e. Blue and Brown and six Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines – Yellow, Green, Orange, Red, Purple and Aqua – .

According to official, these 20 diesel hybrid buses will ply on a 3.88-kilometer corridor from TMA Office (Orangi Town) to Jinnah University of Women, Nazimabad with four bus stations and a bus depot. The cost of the project is Rs 4.290 billion.

The civil works are almost completed while some electrical work is underway and the officials have been instructed to make it operational within a month.

Furthermore, another project namely – Sindh Intra District People’s Bus Service Project – is in final stage. This is an integrated bus operations model as a solution to cater to the public transport demand in various cities in the province of Sindh. i.e. Karachi, Larkana, Sukkur, Mirpuskhas & Shaheed BenazirAbad (SBA).

The project will create more than 3000 jobs, fixed assets in the form of Buses & Depots and generate revenue in terms of service tax. The Transport and Mass Transit Department of the Sindh government has signed an agreement with the National Radio Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) on October 27, 2021.

The cost of the project is 38.5 million USD. Under the plan, 240 buses will operate in Karachi on seven routes while ten buses in Larkana district. At least 50 buses to be operated on 2 routes with 25 buses each with operation of 1 depot. The remaining 201 buses and 5 depots are to be operated on assigned routes.


Sindh Solid Waste Management Board starts paying for garbage disposal in Pak Rupees



KARACHI: With an aim to lower the financial burden on the provincial exchequer, the Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) started to pay private companies contracted for garbage disposal in the city in local currency instead of US dollars.

In this regard, Managing Director SSWMB Syed Imtiaz Ali Shah held a meeting with representatives of the private firms responsible for disposal of garbage in the city and apprised them of the decisions made by the steering committee of the Board.

The meeting deliberated upon the new plan of garbage disposal in the city before the expiry of the contracts made with private firms for solid waste management on district West, Malir, Keamari and East.

It was informed in the meeting that the negotiation with the contracting firms for payment in local currency had already been started.

The representatives of the private firms working in district Malir, West and Keamari informed the meeting that the verification of the staff and vehicles had been completed through a third party, while the verification was still going on in district East.

The managing-director directed the officials concerned to take steps to further improve efficiency in the new operational plan.

He asked the officials to make union committee-wise operational plan, containing complete details of daily waste volume, transport, machinery, staff and all resources to further improve the door-to-door waste collection services.

He also directed the private companies to pay the salaries of their respective staff on time. Mr Shah said that the operational plan should also include training of the staff, the strategy of separate collection of waste and date of people who picked garbage illegally.

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SBCA launches crackdown against illegal structures in Karachi



KARACHI: The Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) has initiated massive crackdown against illegal constructions in different parts of the city, resulting in demolition of numerous buildings, marriage halls etc.

In a recent operation against illegal constructions in Karachi’s district Central, SBCA officials also came under firing, however, SBCA officials proceeded with the operation and demolished the fourth floor of the targeted building.

Director General of SBCA Abdul Rasheed Solangi has instructed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Central to apprehend the culprits immediately and file a case against those involved in the firing.

Abdul Rasheed Solangi emphasized the need for fearless enforcement actions against illegal constructions and commended the SBCA staff for their dedication and honesty. He assured them of full support in facing any challenges during their duties.

Abdul Rasheed Solangi along with the demolition squad has bulldozed more than four buildings in areas including Essa Nagri, Paposh Nagar, and Gulberg. Moreover, over 13 illegal portions have been demolished in areas including Saddar Town, Jamshed Town, Gulberg, and Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

Director General of SBCA Abdul Rasheed Solangi is personally supervising the crackdown against illegal constructions. The provincial government is committed to cleansing Karachi from all forms of illegal constructions, the DG adds.

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Sindh CS, British Deputy High Commissioner vow to strengthen bilateral relations, work for environmental challenges



KARACHI: British Deputy High Commissioner Sarah Mooney met with Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah at the Sindh Secretariat on Wednesday to discuss enhancing bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

During the meeting, Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah briefed the British Deputy High Commissioner on the ongoing efforts in infrastructure development, water supply, sewage, and governance in Sindh. He stated that the Sindh government is actively working on improving water supply, sewage, and road infrastructure to accommodate Karachi’s growing population.

“Pakistan, although only contributing less than 1 percent to global greenhouse gas emissions, is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change.” Said CS Sindh

He highlighted that Pakistan incurred a loss of $32 billion from the 2022 floods and is vulnerable to future environmental risks, underscoring the urgent need for proactive measures to mitigate such disasters.

Furthermore, he expressed concerns about the adverse effects of environmental changes on the River Indus. Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah informed that the federal-level Living Indus project has been initiated, after consultation with environmental experts, stakeholders, and provincial governments. He expressed a desire for technical assistance from the British government to address environmental changes.

Syed Asif Hyder Shah also mentioned investment opportunities in energy, investment, and agriculture sectors in Sindh for British investors. British Deputy High Commissioner Sarah Mooney expressed interest in collaborating on the Living Indus project and other projects related to environment. Chief Secretary Sindh presented traditional souvenir to the British Deputy High Commissioner.

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