There is no doubt that Karachi’s transportation infrastructure needs complete overhauling and it appears that the Sindh government has finally realized it. It has been recently reported that the Sindh govt. is planning to launch “People’s Bus Service” in Karachi soon.
Sindh’s Minister for Transport Syed Nasir Hussain Shah recently informed the media that “People’s Bus Service” is a project that will be based on private-public partnership and Karachi’s Mayor Wasim Akhter and Sindh’s Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah have also been taken on board about the project.
Nasir added that for the project PKR 2 billion has been allocated and the amount will be given in the form of subsidies in the coming five years. Experts believe that this an amazing initiative as it will offer huge relief to the people of the city who rely on public transport.
As per this program, around 617 buses will be bought and the project will start by the end of next month. Also, it is worth noting that tenders for the project will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.
The buses will cover approximately 30 routes, which will be decided by the authorities. The government is also trying to ensure that the fares of the bus service remain in the range of PKR 10 to PKR 30. To decide the fares, a committee has been formed comprising of the Sindh government’s officials and Karachi Transport Union.
Karachiites have made peace with everyday traffic jams and accepted it as part of their lives. However, the federal and provincial governments have decided to provide relief to the people by introducing various transportation schemes. In any case, it is safe to say that such services should be encouraged as they offer relief to the general public.