KARACHI: Traveling by car from Surjani town to Gurumandar will take at least an hour and a half, as the route is 22 kilometres, and you may encounter bottlenecks and gridlocks in various regions but not in BRT trail.
The green line bus service, on the other hand, will deliver you to your destination in about 45 minutes. Apart from cutting the route, the service will also assist you in avoiding the deafening sound of traffic, and the nice air-conditioning environment will ensure that you arrive at your destination refreshed.
When following the green line bus service’s track, however, it’s clear that authorities built the route on the remains of the Karachi Circular Railway’s state-of-the-art loop. In the process, they failed to notice the gridlock at Golimar traffic intersection, the Nazimabad petrol station overpass, and the green line corridor.
The appropriate authorities were busy undertaking project-related work along the route of the green line bus service from Surjani town to Numaish chowrangi. It appears that there was a dearth of cash or that the authorities wanted the job done quickly.
During the project’s development, some problems were overlooked, resulting in the destruction of the metropolis’s already deteriorated urban transportation system.
“When they swallowed the KCR trail,” Faisal Sheikh, a resident of North Nazimabad, said, “the project is a clear example of carelessness.”
He remarked, “They should have built the bridge or underpass at the matric board office on the KCR crossing.”
He further claimed that the government’s failure to build a bypass in the Golimar area had exacerbated traffic congestion for vehicles passing from Lalukhait Dakkhana to Nazimabad.
He said that the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) is the state of art lope that was constructed several years ago. He added that the system used to deal with thousands of commuters daily and urged the government to relaunch the project.
Importance of BRT.
The much-awaited project, the green line rapid bus service may be inaugurated next month. The Karachittes took a breath of relief when they heard the news about the 40 news buses that have arrived at the Karachi port for the green line service.
“I wish the project would run and does not become a victim of the political rivalry of PPP, MQM, and PTI,” commented a passerby Abdul Latif at Nagan Chowrangi.
“We don’t want Chingchi Rickshaw anymore in the street of Karachi,” he said adding that, “The green line bus service and others is the need of the hour as the transport system of Karachi is on brink of collapse.”
According to the JICA study report, no companies are operating mini or large buses, they are mostly individuals having a fleet of a maximum of two to three buses.
Some owners hire drivers, conductors, mechanics on daily wages basis and some owners work as drivers or conductors.
Therefore the number of buses is reducing from the road and nowadays only 11,000 buses are on road.
What is the BRT?
The green line service that stretches from Surjani town to Gurumandar roundabout in the first phase is expected to cope with thousands of people as most people work at Karachi South. It has 21 stations while the state-of-the-art corridor has already been constructed in those areas.
It is the city’s first BRT project that was supposed to be up and running by April 2017, if all had gone according to plan. The initial estimated cost of the project was Rs16 billion but has now crossed Rs24 billion.
According to the SIDCL (Sindh Infrastructure Development Company Limited) website, the corridor is 12.7 kilometres elevated and 9.3 kilometres at grade along with bus depot and buildings.