Karachi: The Sindh Transport Minister Shargeel Memon finally announced on Saturday the launch of the long-awaited Orange Line BRT Service for the people of Karachi after a period of almost five years. The minister announced that 20 buses would be operating on a 3.8 km route from Orangi Town to the Board Office Chowk traffic intersections. The bus service is named after the late philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi. There would be four bus stations on the route.
As per details the buses are air-conditioned manufactured having the most modern facilities. The bus can accommodate 90 passengers at a time. The bus service would daily benefit around 50,000 passengers. The fares between Rs 10 to Rs20 would be charged. The minister said that low fares have been decided to keep in view the financial crises of the common man in view of the ever-increasing prices of goods and services.
The minister further added, “Keeping the financial crises and increasing petrol prices in view, we have reduced the fares so that the common people can benefit from the service”. He said, “They have promised to bring another project for the people of Karachi to facilitate the people and make their lives easier”. The launching ceremony was also attended by Faisal Edhi and provincial ministers Nasir Hussain Shah and Saeed Ghani. The Orange Bus project was launched by the former CM Sindh Qaim Ali Shah in 2016 to facilitate thousands of people of Orangi Town. The project was to be completed in 2017.