Karachi: The long-awaited Green Line bus project in Karachi appears to be nearing completion, with Planning Minister Asad Umar announcing on Sunday that commercial operations will begin on December 25.
After then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif laid the foundation stone for the Rs16.85 billion federal government-funded bus project in February 2016, construction began. The project was then expanded by another 10 kilometres, as requested by the Sindh government, and the estimated cost surpassed Rs. 24 billion.
The project was supposed to be finished by the end of 2017, but it kept getting pushed back. Since the scheme’s inception, the battered roadways on each side of the route have become a major cause of irritation for commuters and business owners alike.
The second and final consignment of 40 buses for the Green Line project arrived in the city on October 21, bringing the total number of buses in the city to 80 and rekindling locals’ hopes that the city’s Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) would be launched soon. The project will allow around 300,000 passengers to ride each day.
The Green Line BRT project in Karachi is 24 kilometres long, with a 12.7-kilometer elevated line, a 10.9-kilometer at-ground path, and a 422-meter underground path, as well as 25 stations. At M. A. Jinnah Road, there are two underpasses on the phase-II common corridor, which runs from Gurumandir to Municipal Park and is 2.5 kilometres long.