Karachi: The Red Line BRT is being managed by Trans Karachi, a registered business that will carry out the project, while the Sindh Mass Transit Authority (SMTA) will solely serve as a regulator. This was one of the criteria imposed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the project’s primary financier.
The ADB, in collaboration with the Sindh government, the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and the Agence Française de Développement, will fund the Red Line BRT (AFD). The GCF has given the project a $11 million grant.
The Red Line BRT project, which has been renamed as the Karachi Breeze Red Line Project, is approximately a 29-kilometre corridor, extending from Model Colony in Malir in the northeast of the port city to the Mazar-e-Quaid and Jinnah Avenue in its southwest, where it will intersect at Numaish with the Green Line corridor that is currently under construction.
The route of the Red Line project will pass through 13 major intersections and a total of 24 bus stops will be located along it where entry and exit points will be provided. Ten overhead bridges and seven underpasses have also been included in the BRT’s plan.