On Monday, Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari is set to inaugurate the Peoples Intra District Bus Service project.
The inauguration of the project coincides with the fast-approaching second phase of the local government elections in Karachi. Many believe the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) -led Sindh government is trying to lure the people of the metropolis by launching projects of public importance ahead of the vital electoral exercise.
Around 240 air-conditioned buses imported from China will be plied on seven routes in Karachi as part of the intra-district bus project.
The statement said that the Sindh transport department had completed all the preparations needed for the inauguration of the bus service in Karachi. It is unclear, though, whether the bus service will begin commercial operations on all routes from Monday or not.
The Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, and members of his cabinet will attend the inauguration ceremony for the new bus service. Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will inaugurate bus service for Karachi on Monday (today).
The bus service will cover 29.5 kilometres with 38 stops, from Model Colony to Tower.
The other six routes include the areas from North Karachi to Indus Hospital (Korangi) distance of 32.9km; Nagan Chowrangi to Singer Chowrangi (Korangi Industrial Area) 33km; North Karachi to Dockyard 30.4km; Surjani Town to PAF Masroor 28.2km; Gulshan-i-Bihar (Orangi Town) to Singer Chowrangi 29km and Mosamiyat to Baldia Town 28.9km.
The Sindh government has allocated a sum of Rs4 billion in its budget for the next financial year 2022-23 for procuring more buses to be run in Karachi under the same project.
The move comes as the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) seeks to display some success in its civic administration amid growing criticism from political opponents and approaching local government elections in the city.