PM Nawaz announces Rs15b for metro bus project in Karachi

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KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during a high level meeting in Karachi, announced to launch the metro bus, to be named Green Line, for the city for which the federal government would provide Rs15 billion, Express News reported.

The metro bus is part of the rapid transport service project.

The premier, along with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, arrived in Karachi on Thursday, Express News reported earlier.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah received the premier upon his arrival.

During his one-day visit to the metropolitan city, Prime Minister Nawaz headed a high-level meeting at the Governor House, where the DG Rangers briefed him about the Karachi operation and the law and order situation in the city.

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The prime minister, while addressing the meeting, said he appreciated the suggestions given regarding the operation. He added that everyone had said that “the operation against criminals should happen quickly.”

“Soon after your suggestions, we initiated the operation,” the premier said.

Expressing fears of backlash in major cities because of the Zarb-e-Azb operation, the premier emphasised that law enforcement agencies should ensure that the security situation remains under control.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, the Sindh chief minister, acting IG Sindh, DG Rangers and officials of intelligence agencies were present during the meeting.

The prime minister also supervised another important meeting at the Governor House regarding development projects, particularly mega-projects in Karachi.

The Sindh chief secretary briefed the premier about the delay in the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project and said the biggest hurdle was encroachment in the right of way. He informed him that the Sindh government needs massive funding to clear the area and relocate encroachments.

According to sources, PM Nawaz will also meet representatives of various political parties, including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N).

First Published In The Express Tribune, 10th July, 2014.

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