After almost six years since its groundbreaking, the federal-funded Green Line Bus Rapid Transit Service (BRTS) is set to become operational with all 80 buses of its fleet ready to shuttle between Surjani Town and Numaish Chowrangi on Saturday.
The mega project suffered many hiccups over the period and the delay caused it to incur almost double the cost.
The fare table is likely to ranging from Rs15 to Rs55 depending on distance.
The confirmation came from a key member of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) at the Centre who said that the test run of the bus service appeared effective, smooth and up to the mark. It’s set to start a fully-fledged commercial operation from Saturday, he said.
The key point of the fare and any subsidy for the people of Karachi on the first-ever federal-funded transport service in decades was partially defined.
“It’s going to be operational Insha Allah as announced,” Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar told Dawn in a brief response when he was referred to his two-week-old tweet disclosing the date for the commercial operation of the bus service as Dec 25.
“The fare is actually a subject of the provincial government. So whatever is decided by the Sindh government in line with its defined rules, it would be followed. It may be between Rs15 and Rs55 depending on the journey by a passenger,” he said.
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