Monday, the Green Line Bus Service in Karachi becomes fully operational. PM Imran Khan inaugurated the bus service exactly a month ago on December 10th, 2021.
According to details, 80 buses will cover a track of 21 kilometers from 6 in the morning till 10 at night. Authorities also completed 22 bus stations. The administration of the project said a bus will arrive at the station after every three minutes. Furthermore, the door of the buses will remain open for the passengers for 20 seconds at every station.
Federal Minister Asad Umar noted how the PTI government delivered on its promise for a mass transit system in Karachi.
“Exactly as announced a month ago when PM Imran Khan inaugurated the greenline operation and its trial operations started, today the full commercial operations of greenline have started. 22 stations, 80 buses, 7 am to 10 pm, 13 hours daily. #WePromisedWeAreDelivering,” the Minister tweeted.
Exactly as announced a month ago when PM @ImranKhanPTI inaugurated the greenline operation and its trial operations started, today the full commercial operations of greenline have started. 22 stations, 80 buses, 7 am to 10 pm, 13 hours daily. #WePromisedWeAreDelivering
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) January 10, 2022
The bus service will start from KESC Powerhouse Chowrangi in Surjani Town and terminate at Municipal park after passing through Nagan Chowrangi, North Nazimabad, Nazimabad and Gurumandir. As a result, the bus service will cater to 300,000 passengers on a daily basis. The fare of one trip will range between Rs15 and Rs55. The buses also have a complete system from USB ports to wheelchairs. Furthermore, 200 fully-trained drivers will operate the buses.
کراچی میں گرین لائن بس سروس کا منصوبہ مکمل طور پر فعال کردیا گیا ہے جس سے یومیہ ایک لاکھ 35 ہزار سے زائد مسافر استفادہ حاصل کرسکیں گے۔
گرین لائن بس سروس کی پہلی بس صبح 7 بجے اپنی منزل کی جانب روانہ ہوئی جبکہ یہ ماحول دوست ہائیبرڈ 80 بسیں رات 10 بجے تک چلائی جائیں گی۔ pic.twitter.com/Hh0KHAtcFH
— PTI (@PTIofficial) January 10, 2022
PML-N’s campaign against PTI
Needless to say, ever since PTI announced the official launch of Green Line, the PML-N demanded credits for its contribution. To clarify, PML-N’s federal government initially announced the Green Line project back in 2014. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif performed the groundbreaking of Karachi’s first modern transport project in 2016.
Therefore, the PML-N claims that it is responsible for the project and accuses the PTI government of wrongly taking credit. PML-N also held a separate symbolic inauguration of the project.
Important to note, the PTI government completed the project in a short span of time. Last year the federal government issued an international tender for the purchase of 80 buses for the Green Line Metro Bus project. The first consignment of around 40 buses arrived in Karachi in August.