KARACHI - For the first time in the country, CDGK is going to introduce e-Ticketing system in 50 CNG buses, sources revealed to The Nation on Saturday. Transport and Communication Department (TCD) of city government has inked an agreement with two private companies for hiring 50 CNG buses, 25 from each company. The assembling of these buses is in process and they are likely to be on the roads for general public in July. The TCD has called tenders last month in this regard on the directives of City Nazim Mustafa Kamal, in which at least three companies had agreed to participate in the final bid. The sources added that finally the tender was given to Hino Pak and Daewoo Pak Motors and these companies were directed to bring the buses in 45 days, sources said. The CDGK had allocated Rs 225 million to purchase these buses. To fill CNG into theses buses, at least three gas stations have been identified in Surjani Town, Gulshan-e-Maamar and at M.A. Jinnah Road. Project director transport, Muhammad Athar, when contacted, told the Nation that these companies had started assembling of 50 CNG buses and within a month the task would be completed. He claimed that it would be the first time in the country that e-ticketing system was being introduced in the public transport through CNG bus service. Athar further said that management system to operate these buses would be out-sourced and details would be announced soon in this regard. He was hopeful that 50 CNG buses would be ready for plying local roads by the end of June or during the early days of July. He said that one route of these buses has been decided which would be from Surjani Town via Sohrab Goth, Liaqatabad, Patel Para, Business Recorder Road, M.A. Jinnah Road to Tower. The other routes are under consideration, the official concluded. Underpass and flyover projects made part of Corridor-III Nazim Karachi Syed Mustafa Kamal has said that no one can stop Karachis journey of development and whosoever will try, would only be inimical to Pakistan. He stated that two more mega projects have been added to ongoing Corridor-III project and work is fast underway on an underpass and a flyover at Shahrah-e-Quaideen and will be completed on time along with other projects with the cost of seven projects of Corridor-III now having risen to more than Rs 2.5 billion. He stated this while inspecting the construction work of under- pass and flyover at Shahrah-e-Quaideen on Saturday. On the occasion EEDO Works and Services Rasheed Mughal in a briefing said that if under-pass and flyover had not been constructed, problems would have been faced at Corridor-III. Therefore, he said, work is fast going on on 3-lane roads on each side of the under-pass, 3-lane flyover and 2-lane roads on either ends and hopefully both would be completed in 2 to 2-1/2 months. The Nazim directed that taking advantage of the past experiences in the construction of under-passes, all utility providing organisations be immediately contacted and provided with all information for shifting of utilities lines so that no undue delay occurs. He further directed that water drain project infront of Khudadad Colony should also be made a part of the entire project in view of accumulation of water at this point. During inspection of Jail Chowrangi Flyover, the Nazim said that in order to accomplish the work on time, work should also be started on the loop being provided inside the jail wall to avoid delay. Mustafa Kamal directed the EDO Works to immediately call tenders for installation of street lights on development projects of Corridor-III and arrangements be made for carrying out work in three shifts. He said that for the beautification of the corridor, work on plantation and development of greenery too be immediately undertaken. He announced that despite all odds and hurdles, every effort will be made for timely completion of Corridor-III because like the past tradition, the city government cannot afford unnecessary delay in its projects. Nazim Karachi pointed out that Corridor-III is not an ordinary but a unique project. In this regard he referred to Preedy Street Project which, he said, was lying dormant for the last 40 years and it was a difficult task to shift the people living there for the last 60 years and rehabilitate them on another site. However, the Haq Parast leadership coped with all the problems smoothly and demolished 1385 houses of their own voters to pave way for street construction.