KARACHI - Sindh government has accorded approval to the PC-1 of the Orange Line Bus project. A statement from Commissioner Karachi Division on Friday said a detailed briefing on this ambitious project was held here that was presided over by Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui.

Addressing the participants of the meeting, the commissioner directed that for provision of better traffic and transport facilities to the citizens all projects in the city be completed on priority. The meeting was attended among others by Secretary Transport Tallah Farooqui; Senior Director Transport and Communication Department, M Ather and concerned senior officers of various offices and police. He said Orange Bus Line project was an important component of the Bus Rapid Transport System.

Commissioner said that this project would help improve transport system in the metropolis. He was informed that the work on the Orange Line Bus Service will start on November 5. He asked for close cooperation and coordinated efforts among all the relevant departments for the accomplishment of the project.

The meeting was informed that the corridor of the project is spread over 4.7 kilometre and will cost Rs2.35 billion.

The Orange Bus Service will start from Orangi Town and culminate at Board Office Nazimabad where it will connect with Green Bus service. It was also decided in the meeting that the utility service departments would be asked for shifting their lines with immediate effective. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of K-Electric, PTCL, Sui Gas and Water Board.

Meanwhile, Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan has called for undertaking effective steps without any delay to help check environmental pollution. He said this during a briefing on S-III project for Karachi at the Governor House here the other day. Ebad stated that owing to disposal of untreated water into the sea, the environmental pollution has increased. Keeping this situation in view, he added, the S-III project was formulated.

The governor said that because of delay in implementation the cost of the project has enhanced. He stated that it is now essential that there should not be any further delay and that the stakeholders- federal and provincial governments as well as the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) should initiate work on their part of this project.

The meeting was informed that the PC-I of the project was approved by ECNEC in September 2007 and the federal and provincial governments were to share cost under a formula at 50:50 percent. However, as the work was not initiated the cost increased.

It was further stated that the design of the project has been approved and work on Lyari River Basin has been initiated. The chief of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, Misbahuddin Farid, said that with S-III project 500 million gallons of water would be treated and disposed of into the sea.

Moreover, the Administrator of District Municipal Corporation (DMC) Korangi, Quratulain Memon, has called for initiating a campaign for fostering cleanliness and greenery in the area. She stressed that more and more trees be planted in collaboration with the people. She directed the concerned officers to speed up cleanliness drive in Shah Faisal, Korangi and Landhi zones. She also warned that no dereliction would be tolerated in this regard.