KARACHI - The 12th Public-Private Partnership Policy Board in its meeting made historical decisions about the mega development projects to be implemented under the PPP mode of investment in transport, health, livestock communication and social development sectors.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at the CM House here on Thursday.
- The board accorded permission for development and launching of the mega bus terminal on 100 acres of land located at Northern Bypass – 3-km from main Super Highway - to meet the future demand of 2,000 intercity buses
- The board also accorded same approval for construction of various terminals in Karachi and Hyderabad including the construction of an underground parking plaza under Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim Clifton
- It also gave go-ahead signal to the BRTS proposal received by the KMC from Bahria Town management to launch Blue Line Bus corridor from Bahria Town to Sohrab Goth and to Tower (40-km) and from Super Highway Northern Bypass to Karachi Airport (12-km) with its own investment.
- The board approved the project for launching of Intercity Bus projects on nine potential routes of Karachi
- Similarly, it approved another project from launching four driving schools each at Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana
- The board also considered the energy related project and decided for establishment of Sindh Transmission and Dispatch Company on the pattern of NTDC to create capacity for distributing the power
- It also expressed satisfaction over the working on the Nooriabad Power Company to generate 100MW and recommended for early issuance of license from Nepra
- The board after threadbare discussion agreed with the proposal of Health Department for procuring services of private partners for RHC/THC/DHQ and other hospitals for improving infrastructure and delivery of health services to the people. It was informed that eight big hospital managements including Agha Khan Hospital, Indus Hospital and others have expressed interest to deliver their services
- It directed the Sindh Education and Literacy Department to conduct feasibility study as well as private partner solicitation for the education management organisation to improve the quality of education in selected schools by outsourcing the management of public sector schools to reputable education organisations
- It also approved the PDF funding and project development studies for:
- Qadirpur Kandhkot bridge project
- Mangoes and agriculture produce market project
- Liquid natural gas (LNG) import project
- Sindh Education reform initiative
Special Education public-private partnership projects management contract for:
- Keenjhar Lake huts
- Improvement of facilities and infrastructure at Gorakh Hills Project
- Hawksbay Road under Lyari development authority
- Tidal energy project along the Sindh Coast
Placing the example of Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas dual carriageway construction under the PPP mode of investment, the CM said they were implementing another project of Jhirk-Mula Katiar Bridge and were planning to launch construction of Karachi to Thatta and Hyderabad to Tando Muhammad Khan roads under this mode of development.
CM orders: new bus service will now cover Gulshan-e-Hadeed
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the provincial transport authority to ensure that certain number of buses of the first fleet of KMC People’s Bus Service on Quaidabad-Saddar route may be extended up to Gulshan -e-Hadeed/Steel Town.
He on the occasion also directed the concerned officials to bring the remaining 32 KMC People’s Buses on the road within four to six weeks’ time.
“Of this fleet of 32 KMC People’s Bus Service 18 must ply on Suhrab Goth - Saddar route and Surjani Town - Saddar route respectively,” said the chief minister.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah said those coming from interior Sindh through Super Highway needed to be facilitated at Suhrab Goth bus stand so as to reach different parts of the metropolis.
The chief minister on the occasion said the success of Peoples Bus Service could be gauged from the fact that people from different areas have started demanding for extension of its service.
He said that since Gulshan-e-Hadeed and Steel Town were the adjoining areas of Quaidabad as such this service could easily benefit the residents of these area therefore a certain number of these buses would ply from and up to Steel Mill from Tower via Quaidabad.
Orange line bus corridor
From Secondary Board Office, Nazimabad to Banaras Chowrangi, Orangi Town and get it awarded by December 2014. He said that Rs three billion have been made available for the project.
Green line bus corridor
He said that PC-I of Green Bus Service has been prepared by NESPAK consultants and submitted to the P&D Department for onward transmission to federal government, the sponsors of the project.
Yellow line bus corridor
Yellow Line Bus Corridor, implemented under Public Private Partnership Mode of Investment has been expedited and hopefully will be awarded by December 2014.