New transport program: 100 buses to be run from Karachi to interior Sindh

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah presided over a highlevel meeting with the officials of transport, finance and other relevant departments in which Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Public Transport Program was discussed.

Speaking on the occasion, Sindh chief minister said that there was dire need to improve transport system throughout Sindh, including Karachi, and in this regard, the projects under government consideration should be given formal shape.

The transport department in its briefing told the meeting that under discussed plan, 100 buses would be run from Karachi to five cities of Sindh – Larkana, Sukkur, Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas and Hyderabad which would be under private partnership basis.

However, the affairs pertaining to subsidy to be given by the government are under discussion, the meeting was told.

Sindh chief minister instructed officials to complete the work on projects to run new buses in Karachi and from Karachi to cities of interior Sindh for poor and deserving people. He said that providing better transport facilities along with education, health and employment were also among the top priorities of the government, which should be implemented with immediate effect.

The chief minister constituted a committee headed by additional chief secretary planning and development, and comprising secretary finance, secretary transport and focal persons of public private partnership unit and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation.

The committee will present its report on the project within 15 days in which subsidy from Sindh government and responsibilities of transport operators and investors would be evaluated. The responsibility of loss in violation of the agreement will also be fixed.

Qaim said that emergency steps should be taken to provide transport facilities.

The meeting was also attended among others by Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Additional Chief Secretary Arif Ahmed Khan, Secretary Finance Suhail Ahmed Rajput, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sindh Naveed Kamran Baloch, Secretary Transport Nazar Mohammad Kalhoro, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Special Secretary to Chief Minister Sindh Mohammad Abbas Baloch.

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