Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Omar, while announcing the completion of the long-delayed Karachi Green Line bus project in the next 10 days, said that it would be operational on a commercial basis from December 25.

In a statement on social networking site Twitter, Asad Umar said, “I took a detailed look at the Karachi Green Line project yesterday. Hopefully, the project will be ready for trial operation in the next ten days.”

“After that, Prime Minister Imran Khan will come to Karachi and inaugurate the project. After about two weeks of trial operation, the commercial operation will be launched on December 25,” he said.

It may be recalled that the cornerstone of the federal government’s Rs 16.85 billion bus project in Karachi was laid by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in February 2016.

After which the project was further expanded and 10 km was added and the cost was estimated at Rs. 24 billion.

Initially, the project was supposed to be completed by the end of 2017 but new deadlines have been given.

Similarly, shopkeepers and business people are also facing difficulties due to delay in the project.

The project was lengthened after the government came to power at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) headquarters, but last month (October 24) the second and final consignment of 40 buses of the Green Line project reached Karachi.

The project will be launched with 80 buses under the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) for the citizens of Karachi, officials said.

It is estimated that about 300,000 citizens will benefit from this project daily.

The first consignment of 40 buses of the Green Line project reached Karachi on September 19, which the Planning Minister described as a ray of hope and a milestone.

Asad Umar had said that modern government transport facility would be started for the people of Karachi after a long period of 40 years.

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