Transport Minister Chairs 2nd meeting in week to pace up BRT Red Line project

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Karachi ( 3 October): Provincial Transport Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon chaired a second meeting regarding the BRT Red Line project in current week on Monday at his office. Asian Development Bank Senior Urban Development Specialist Lloyd Wright, representatives of Agence Francaise De Development ( AFD) , Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank , Chief Executive Officer Trans Karachi, contractors of the project attended in the meeting. On this occasion, Secretary Transport Abdul Haleem Sheikh, Managing Director Sindh Mass Transit Authority Capt.( R) Altaf Hussain Sario were also present. The meeting reviewed the pace of progress on the lot 1 and lot 2 sections of the project and discussed the removal of obstacles particularly the utility lines. The minister transport Sharjeel Inam Memon said that it was the top most priority of the Sindh government to ensure completion of the project on time so as to provide best and modern public transport facilities to the citizens of Karachi. He said that Red Line Project is Pakistan’s first biogas project, which is concieved with the co-operation of Asian Development Bank(ADB), Agence Francaise De Development ( AFD)and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at a cost of 505 million US dollars. He added that after the launch of People’s Bus Service and BRT Orange Line in Karachi, the efforts are being made to complete the Red Line project within the stipulated period. The Provincial Minister said that the transfer of utilities on the route of the Red Line project should be shifted with the coordination relevant departments and companies to clear the track for infrastructure development of BRT Red Line. The provincial minister asked Managing Director Sindh Mass Transit Authority to submit detail report on work done so far on the project. ‘ No compromise on quality is accepted in the project as It is not only a model project of Karachi but Pakistan, ‘ the minister said. Sharjeel Inam Memon directed that the obstacles in the bus depot should also be removed.

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