Karachi: the long-lasting transport issue of the People of Karachi seems to be reduced to a great extent as the inauguration of the 140 Orange Line Buses is going to be held on June 3 next week. After the successful launch of the Green Line Buses in January, this year the 140 orange line buses under the Peoples Bus Service Project on seven buy routes of the city would significantly minimize the woes and worries of the Karachiites. The buses would be on a test run next week before proper commercial operation under the provincial government commences in the next three to four weeks.
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The provincial minister for transportation Sharjeel Memon said, “We are going to start a test run of these city buses and for that purpose, we have decided to ply them on Route No 1.” The minister added, “Under the Peoples’ Bus Service project, the Sindh government is set to play 240 buses on seven different routes. All arrangements have been made with buses and the staffers are already there, the automated ticketing system is in place and ground infrastructure on all seven routes is almost ready”.
Under the proposed Sindh government Peoples’ Bus Service project which is separate from the network of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Buses, the government is planning to ply 240 buses on different routes of the city. The minister further informed,“Under the Peoples’ Bus Service project, the Sindh government is set to play 240 buses on seven different routes. All arrangements have been made with buses and the staffers are already there, the automated ticketing system is in place and ground infrastructure on all seven routes is almost ready.”
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As per the Sindh Government transport department, the other six routes of the city include a 32.9 km area from North Karachi- to Indus Hospital [Korangi], a 33 km area from Nagan Chowrangi to Singer Chowrangi [Korangi Industrial Area] 30.4 km route from North Karachi to Dockyard 28.2 km Surjani Town to PAF Masroor and a 29km route Gulshan-i-Bihar [Orangi Town] to Singer Chowrangi 29km and Mosamiyat to Baldia Town. “Once this is done for 240-buses on different routes one by one, we will then carry out a mock operation. It would not be a commercial operation and we would pass these buses under another test run with the maximum load capacity. It would help us detect any problem or a flaw that needed to be fixed before the commercial launch,” The minister concluded.