In order to fulfill the demand of residents and the growing popularity of the Sindh People’s Intra-District Bus Service, the transport sector has decided to start the service in Clifton, Defence Housing Authority and Gulshan-i-Hadeed routes very soon.
In accordance with the statement issued on Monday, the decision has been taken during a high-level meeting directed by Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, who also holds the portfolio of transport.
“It was also decided in the meeting that Peoples Intra-District Bus Service will start its operations in Larkana from July 16 with a fleet of 16 buses,” the statement said.
It further added that plan would be formulated shortly under which there would be four routes of the bus service in Larkana, adding that the deputy commissioner of the district had been given the responsibility of planning and submitting a proposal for launching new routes.
Moreover, the transport minister also directed the National Radio Transmission Company (NRTC) to finalize the new routes in Karachi by consulting with independent experts within two days.
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He issued orders for the deployment of officials of the Sindh Mass Transit Authority at the command and control center of the Peoples Bus Service.
Sharjeel Memon also demanded the addition of a technology-based system to the service, which would provide the buses with the facility of real-time tracking, Wi-Fi facility, and CCTV cameras.
Transport secretary Abdul Haleem Sheikh, DC-Larkana Tariq Manzoor Chandio, NRTC project director Sohaib Shafiq, Sindh Mass Transit Authority managing director retired Captain Altaf Sario, Operations Manager Abdul Shakoor, experts S. Safdar Kazmi and Naveed Hassan were also present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Sharjeel Memon also announced that government will launch a new bus service in Karachi city in collaboration with a Chinese company.
The transport minister further stated that the new bus service would have a total of 500 new buses.