BEIJING: The Sindh government and China Urban Elected Company (CUEC) signed an agreement for 26.5km, 104-bus Yellow Line Karachi bus rapid transport (BRT) project at the cost of Rs 14.4 billion.
Funds for Yellow Line project will come from:
- Sindh government: 14 percent
- CUEC:16 percent
- A loan of 70 percent from Chinese financial institutions to be arranged by CUEC.
The Yellow Line project will be completed in two years.
It will benefit nearly 150,000 passengers a day.
The Yellow Line will start from Dawood Chowrangi in Landhi and end at Regal Chowk, Saddar, via Korangi Road, FTC, Sharae Quaideen, Numaish and People’s Secretariat Chowrangi.
Jam Sadiq Ali Bridge at Korangi will be widened from four to eight lanes and two flyovers will be constructed.
The Yellow Line will have 24 stations and 24 overhead bridges.
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The Yellow Line follows the earlier BRT project, Green Line, which is now in execution phase.
Groundbreaking of Rs 16.1 billion 21.7km Green Line, a federal government project, was done by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in February. At different stages of construction, Green Line will have 25 bus stations and will be completed by end of next year.
With an official population of 16.126 million, Karachi is the world’s 12th largest megacity. By 2030, with an official population of 24.838 million, Karachi is estimated to become the world’s 7th largest megacity.
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Besides the Yellow Line, Blue and Red line projects are included in the Sindh government’s initiatives.
The mass transit initiatives are likely to increase Karachi’s ranking in global liveability index of The Economist London. Currently, Karachi is the sixth least liveable city in the world. Karachi score in infrastructure is 51.8 out of 100.
The Sindh government is planning to launch an intra-city project first at divisional level in Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas, Larkana and Benazirabad and then replicate it at the district level.
The agreement is part of the Sindh government’s Karachi mass transit programme that includes:
- Six bus rapid transport (BRT) corridors
- Two mass rapid transit (MRT) corridors
- Revitalisation of the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR)
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The bus rapid transport (BRT) corridor will have five lines:
- Green line (18.4km)
- Orange line (3.9km)
- Yellow line (26.5km)
- Blue line (38km)
- Red line (22km)
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The Yellow Line BRT is part of the six bus rapid transport corridors (map below) that were proposed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to improve the traffic situation in Karachi.
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