KARACHI - Sindh government has allocated Rs.3.216 billion for uplift schemes of the Transport and Mass Transit Department in the next fiscal year’s budget.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah while presenting the annual budget of next FY2014-15 said that Sindh government with its limited resources is taking full cognisance of Karachi’s transport problems. In this connection, the transport problem of the citizens of Karachi was one of the main issue, he said, adding that his government has planned to launch two “Bus Rapid Transit Projects” in the economic hub of the country.

The new initiative in the transport sector would be “Yellow Line” buses, which will be undertaken in the PPP (Public Private Partnership) mode as an allocation of Rs3 billions has been kept in the ADP for the “Green Line”, CM added.

Meanwhile, budget documents of the provincial government stated that the allocation of Rs156.796 million for transport and mass transit department’s uplift ongoing schemes are rehabilitation of the driver’s training school under public private partnership in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana while it also include the construction of bus terminals in Thatta and Badin and Kamber Shahdadkot at Miro Khan. A sum of Rs3.059 billion has been allocated for the new schemes of the transport and mass transit department.

 which include Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Diesel Buses (100 Nos.) to connect mega cities of interior Sindh with Karachi which has been approved while construction for Bus Rapid Transit (Green Line) is yet to be approved, for which Rs3 billions has been kept in the ADP for this project which will be completed in 2 years. The balance allocation for the same project will be kept in the budget for FY 2015-16.