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Old April 9th, 2016, 07:25 AM   #21
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What is the estimated completion date for all lines?
For Orange Line and Green Line 2017, and for Red Line and Yellow Line August 2018
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Thanks! This is relatively fast paced considering there is no local body in this great city.

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For Orange Line and Green Line 2017, and for Red Line and Yellow Line August 2018
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Two Chinese firms express interest in developing KCR, Zulfikarabad

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A high-powered delegation of a Chinese state-owned company and a private firm called on Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Saturday to express their interest in developing the Karachi Circular Railway and Zulfikarabad.

The delegation of state-owned China Railways Company was led by Mr Vin while that of the private firm Tashinua was by Mr Jinbo, and discussed investment opportunities in the province. Both delegations expressed their deep in investing the Karachi Circular Railways and also the new city being built off Thatta, by the name of Zulfikarabad.

During the meeting, the chief minister while citing a survey said the Karachi Circular Railways covered a distance of 43 kilometres with 24 stations, and had daily turnover of around 700,000 passengers.

He said the project had great investment opportunities and directed transport minister Mumtaz Khan Jakhrani and secretary Tuaha Farooqui to meet with the delegation discuss the light rail requirements.

The Tashinua delegation said the firm had vast experience in urban development, road and airport construction and said they were deeply interested in developing Zulfikarabad city along the coast of Arabian Sea off Thatta.

The chief minister also directed DG Zulfikarabad to hold a separate meeting with the Chinese delegation on Monday and discuss the mode of investment with them.

The meeting was also attended by Senator Saleem Mandviwala and Sindh Board of Investment chairman Naheed Memon.

Source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/1131...R-Zulfikarabad




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Visit of Governor sindh

During city visit GovernorSindh Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan inspected ongoing work of Green Line project, which is part of mass transit for Karachi (BRTS). He asked the engineers present at Nazimabad no.1 to ensure quality of work and follow the time line as this was a very pivotal development initiative for the people of Karachi.


pic 1: governor & project team
pic 2: golimar
pic 3: lasbela bridge
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Construction of Elevated BRT, LRT

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Government has decided the route till Tower,they are taking it through Saddar.This decision could potentially make or break the project since Articulated buses moving through mixed traffic in Saddar would totally ruin the purpose of the project,that is to provide rapid transportation.Costs have also gone upto nearly 17.5 billion rupees.
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Sorry to burst your bubble but you cannot convert BRT into LRT. Just because stations can have similar design doesn't make it convertible. The biggest deal breaker is height of the platform/bus let alone rail tracks, signalling and traction.
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Sorry to burst your bubble but you cannot convert BRT into LRT. Just because stations can have similar design doesn't make it convertible. The biggest deal breaker is height of the platform/bus let alone rail tracks, signalling and traction.
Yes, you can.. signals can be placed and height of platform can be adjusted according to needs
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Sorry to burst your bubble but you cannot convert BRT into LRT. Just because stations can have similar design doesn't make it convertible. The biggest deal breaker is height of the platform/bus let alone rail tracks, signalling and traction.
The Islamabad/Rawalpindi area has developed an elevated BRT line, which opened last year, and I remember hearing that that line is convertible to rail/LRT.

Also, I think a major city can go with a BRT network because it is not dense enough for a metro system. The population of the Karachi area is already at 24 million, even though I have not seen any firm plans for a metro in that area. And I thought the planned revitalization of the Karachi Circular Railway had been scrapped some time ago.
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Not all BRTs are convertible to LRT but those designed specifically are convertible..as in this case where it is properly designed..
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Green Line Bus to make city less Green




KARACHI: When the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) speeds through the city, it will ironically be driving over the corpses of as many as 7,321 trees.

“Out of 7,321 trees that have to be removed for the construction of the Green Line, 6,321 are Conocarpus and Eucalyptus,” said Landscape Architecture Studio’s principal landscape architect, Komal Parvez, adding that these trees have already been banned by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) as they harmed invasive plant species.

The studio, which numbered the trees to be chopped down, has been hired as consultants by the Karachi Infrastructure Development Company Limited (KIDCL), which is managing the Green Line construction. The project managers plan, however, to replant over 800 of the trees once the construction is completed.

The Green Line BRT will run on segregated lanes, from Surjani Town to the Central District business area in Saddar. For a city severely lacking mass transit, the Green Line offers a much needed respite but it comes at the cost of nearly all the greenbelts in District Central. From Nagan Chowrangi onwards, the Green Line will run on the median – the central greenbelt of the road — lined with thousands of trees. Even in Guru Mandir, the Green Line will trample over some trees that date back to before Partition.

According to a labourer working at the construction site at Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi, several Neem trees have been chopped down already to make way for piling. However, an officer working at the Five Star Chowrangi site of the Green Line insisted they have only cut down Conocarpus trees so far.

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In an attempt to justify the chopping down of trees, Parvez said this is the first time for any road project in the city that the contractors will replant 800 of the over 7,000 trees removed. However, her claim was rejected by environmentalist Tofiq Pasha, who said that several trees were transplanted when Shaheed-e-Millat Road was constructed.

Parvez elaborated that they are only replanting Neem, Barna and Lignum trees. Since these trees were planted years ago, they will be dug out of their present locations along with their roots and then replanted at another location, she said. “We will dig pits all around the trees to be transplanted and leave them for around two weeks,” she said, adding that that will normalise the roots with the climate.

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Long article but worth a read.

Mass movement: Karachi's public transport woes

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"""On February 3, 2016, this department made an announcement in newspapers that Karachi will soon have a mass transit system comprising a Green Line, an Orange Line, a Yellow Line and a Red Line — as part of a mass transit development plan JICA devised in 2012. The proposed system includes the construction of six Bus Rapid Transits (BRTs), two Metro Rapid Transits (MRTs) and the revival of the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) which was originally established in 1964.

Fazal Khatri, the director of the mass transit department since 2013, sits in his office, signing documents and answering his phone, which buzzes every few minutes. A man of nearly 35 years of experience and nearing retirement, Khatri says his department recently gave a presentation to Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad on the ongoing and proposed public transport projects. In order to ensure these projects benefit the people of the city, he says, public hearings have been organised to elicit the point of view of the “real” stakeholders. “We want to know what the public would do differently or if the current plan even suits them,” Khatri says.

Two out of the six proposed BRTs are at early stages of implementation: utility relocation for the Orange Line has started in front of the Jinnah University for Women in North Nazimabad. Water pipes, gas lines and electric wires are being relocated to facilitate construction for the BRT which will run right in the centre of the existing roads. The shortest of the six proposed lines, the 2.2 kilometre Orange Line will begin near the Board Office in Nazimabad, heading northwest towards the Town Municipal Office in Orangi. The Sindh government will fund this entire line, estimated to cost 2.4 billion rupees and expected to benefit 50,000 people a day. The deadline for its completion is the end of 2016.

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The construction of a 17-kilometre elevated Green Line is also underway after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated it late last month. It starts at Guru Mandir – in the south of the city – and goes all the way to the K-Electric Power House in Surjani Town in North Karachi. The Green Line intersects the Orange Line near the Board Office and is expected to benefit 300,000 passengers every day. Funded entirely by the federal government, it is expected to cost 16.6 billion rupees.

The 26-kilometre long Yellow Line is in the planning stage and will be built under a public-private partnership. Khatri says an agreement will be signed soon with the China National Electric Company – the private partner in the project – which will be responsible for arranging 40 per cent of the funding. The Sindh government will provide the rest of the money. Khatri expects the project to be completed by 2018, though this looks ambitious given that construction work has not even started. The remaining projects under JICA's proposal have not entered the planning phase.
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KARACHI: The city’s dream of having a mass transit system inched closer to reality on Friday when Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah laid down the foundation for the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).


The ceremony was held at Orangi Town’s Town Municipal Administration (TMA) ground, from where the BRT will run in segregated lanes all the way to Board Office, where it will join the Green Line BRT, through a rotary flyover that is under construction. The project, worth Rs1.14 billion, is being funded by the Sindh government. The project infrastructure will be spread over 2.3km, of which 0.7km will be elevated while 1.5km will be on ground, whereas, the 1.5 Km will be semi dedicated section. The entire project is spread over 3.9km.



There will be four stations — one of which will be elevated — along the route, which will be six metres wide and 70 metres long. All stations will have elevators and escalators. The planners expect 50,000 people to ride the Orange Line every day, whereas the system capacity is 10,000 passengers per hour in each direction. “Residents of this area [Orangi Town] were in dire need of this project,” said Shah, recalling the time when he was a rehabilitation minister in the year 1972 and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto allotted 2,500 acres for the people of Orangi. “Orangi Town was developed by Bhutto.”

Meanwhile, Sindh transport minister Mir Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani promised to extend the Orange Line from TMA Orangi to further inside Orangi Town.

Route for Orange Line

BRT Orange Line consultants, National Engineering Services Pakistan (pvt) Limited’s, principal engineer Rehan Zamin, who is also the project manager of the Orange Line BRT, told The Express Tribune that the Orange Line will kick off from TMA Orangi. A rotary flyover will be constructed on the green belt, which will have the capacity to facilitate another loop of the flyover, in case the Orange Line is extended inside Orangi Town, he said. With the rotary flyover, he explained that the Orange Line could turn back towards Nazimabad or enter inside Orangi Town, if it is extended.


After TMA Orangi, the next major intersection is at Panch Number. This intersection will be cross elevated with an elevated station in between, he said. Before the Ponay Panch Chowrangi, the flyover will end and the Orange Line will run on the central median, he said. Here the project managers plan to give U-turns for crossing traffic.

“We will not lessen the lanes for normal traffic,” assured Zamin, adding that there will be three lanes on both sides. The size of the lanes can, however, be adjusted as per standards, he added.

After Panch Number Chowrangi, a 40-metre-wide bridge will be contructed over Orangi Nullah and the Orange Line will run in mix traffic, he explained. At the Bacha Khan flyover, the Orange Line will run on the median, which will be separated by road studs. During the construction of the flyover, he said that the provision of the BRT was kept in mind. The Orange Line will occupy some parts of the flyover but, during emergencies, other vehicles will be able to use it. At Abdullah College Chowrangi, an on-ground station will be built and a U-turn will be provided, said Zamin. From this point towards Jinnah University, the Orange Line will run on ground on the central median, where another station will be built. After that point, he said that they have an option to either join the Green Line BRT track or turn back towards Orangi Town.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2016.


Source : http://tribune.com.pk/story/1120254/orange-new-brt/
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Sindh Mass Transit Authority

The finance minister also announced the Sindh government’s intention to introduce Sindh Mass Transit Authority (SMTA) Bill to enhance the capacity of the department to oversee mass transit projects and to ensure transparency. This authority will control the various mass transit projects, including the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), currently under way.

For his part, Karachi Mass Transit Cell director-general Athar Khan said that authority will now look after all of Sindh. Initially, it will cover Karachi-based mass transit projects as they are currently under way. Later, he said, it will expand its scope to the rest of the province.

This year, the government has divided the Red Line BRT into two components. The construction of the Red Line is expected to complete by June 2018 while the detailed designing through the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is targeted to be completed by June 2017.

According to K han, ADB will draft the Red Line design and bear the project’s cost. However, the local components, such as taxes and salaries of workers, will be paid by the Sindh government. Orange Line BRT is also mentioned in this year’s budget with an estimated cost of Rs2.4 million and targeted completion date of June 2017.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2016.

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