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Pakistan: Launch of Karachi’s second modern public transport service

Karachi: The second modern public transport service in Karachi named after the late renowned philanthropist, Abdul Sattar Edhi, was launched by Sindh Minister of Information and Transport, Sharjeel Inam Memon on Saturday.

Faisal Edhi, son of the late Edhi, who now heads the non-profit Edhi Foundation, was present at the ceremony along with Sindh Labor Minister Saeed Ghani. The launch ceremony was low-key due to the flood disaster in the country.

Twenty modern buses have started operating on the Edhi Line section of the Bus Rapid Transit Service (BRTS) to provide connectivity between the Orangi city area and Nazimabad in Karachi. The service is expected to serve up to 50,000 passengers per day.

The fully air-conditioned buses have automatic doors, free Wi-Fi, security cameras, USB charging ports, a fire protection system and a space reserved for the disabled.

The line provides connectivity with the Green Line bus service already operational in Karachi since last year.

The launch ceremony is underway.
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Price capped at Rs20

The transport minister told reporters that passengers on the service would pay a maximum fare of Rs20, which was very reasonable given the skyrocketing fuel prices.

He said the service is a gift for the people of Karachi.

He said the BRTS facility is being gradually expanded to fully upgrade public transport services in Karachi to international standards.

The government had released Rs1.5 billion for the improvement of the city’s road networks after heavy monsoon rains.

Faisal Edhi hailed the government for completing the new public transport facility named after his father.

He urged provincial authorities to launch such modern bus service in other parts of the city.