Asad Umar: Green Line buses to become functional in Karachi by August

He said that the federation is working beyond its responsibility to give the metropolitan its due rights.

Bahadurabad, Karachi.

On Sunday, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar, said that the Green Line bus project would kick off operations by August.

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The minister broke the news as he addressed a gathering held at the Governor House to hand over 52 fire tenders to the Karachi Metropolitan Municipality (KMC).

The minister said that the Green Line bus would begin operations “in-between July & August,” and a prototype bus for the purpose will soon be ready.

In his address, Umar criticized the provincial government for “not empowering the civic bodies as it should.”

He said that the federation is working beyond its responsibility to give the metropolitan its due rights.

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Umar said that the Prime Minister Imran Khan has insisted promises made to Karachiites be fulfilled as soon as possible.

The federal minister also said that the Gujjar Nullah and Orangi areas would see work completed soon, and a consultant is working to ready a freight corridor from Karachi Port.

He said that work is underway to implement the Karachi Transformation Plan (KTP).

The Governor of Sindh, Imran Ismail, and the Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs, Ali Zaidi, also sharply criticized the Sindh government for not empowering civic bodies.

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Speaking on the occasion, Governor Ismail said that worldwide, the mayor is called the father of the city, and in our nation, he is “pitied, neither having any power nor money.”

Ismail said that the Solid Waste Management Board has “failed miserably” to collect garbage in Karachi.

For his part, Ali Zaidi said that the lack of fire tenders in a city like Karachi is a grave concern.

“Every city has the basic facilities of fire tenders,” he said.

“In the past, there were huge fires in Karachi which caused great damage,” he noted.

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