Karachi – Staff Reporter
Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday inaugurated the landmark Rs. 35.5 billion Green Line Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) project, providing a modern traveling facility to 135,000 commuters of Karachi’s Western and Central Districts.
The Green Line BRTS system, which included 21 stations along with ticketing rooms, escalators and stairs, also had the facility of backup generators to ensure an uninterrupted supply of electricity.
Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives got this federal government project through Sindh Infrastructure Development Company (SIDCL).
Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing the inaugural ceremony said that as any modern city cannot be successfully run without a modern transport system, the Green Line project will help fulfill modern-day transportation requirements of the residents of Karachi.
Describing Karachi as an “engine of growth” for the country, he said, the prosperity of Karachi was considered as the prosperity of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister said that with every country having a city including London in the UK, Paris in France, and New York in the United States contributing in the country’s development and prosperity, the success of Karachi will also help Pakistan achieve progress and prosperity.
He described the federal government’s Green Line project as the first step towards the modernization of Karachi in terms of transport, adding, governments in the past did not focus on modern transportation systems for the megacity.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that since he was seeing Karachi for the last 50 years, he had also seen this mega city transforming from “a city of lights” to “ruins” due to lack of a management support system.
He said that despite sanctions on Iran, its capital Tehran had become a modern and prosperous city with all civic facilities due to a modern management system like any capital of the developed countries including London, Paris and New York.
The Prime Minister said that Tehran, which did receive any funds from the public sector development program like in Pakistan, its collects and generates around the US $ 500 million [per annum] in local revenue as against Karachi which might be collecting something around the US $ 30 million.
Stressing for an improvement in Karachi’s management system through the directly-elected Mayor under a local government system like being introduced in Lahore, Peshawar and other big cities of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Prime Minister expressed his pleasure over the pace of work on other federal government projects in Karachi including the lining of Nullahs, Trade Corridor and K-4 water supply project.
Imran Khan said that he himself was supervising the K-4 project and will Insha Allah perform the ground-breaking of the K-4 project next month. The project, after completion in 14 to 15 months, will start the supply of water from Keenjhar Lake to Karachi by September 2023, he added