Sindh Information and Transport Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said in order to transform the recently introduced Orange Bus Rapid Transit Service (BRTS) into a well-liked and financially viable mass transit service in Karachi, it will be fully integrated with the current Green Line BRTS.
Sharjeel Inam Memon responded to a call-attention notice from an opposition legislator regarding the financial viability of the Orange Line service, which was started in September this year and connects Orangi with the Matric Board Office intersection.
According to Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) legislator Ali Khursheedi, who made the statement during his call-attention notice, the Orange Line project was operating on an unpopular route, which is why it failed to attract residents of Orangi Town.
The concerned legislator claimed that the Orange Line project’s operational costs were much higher than the relatively low number of passengers who used it, putting the facility’s ability to make a profit in jeopardy.
The MQM-P lawmaker’s reservations were acknowledged to some extent by the Sindh transport minister in his response. He informed the House that, while Karachi’s Orange Line service was in operation, fewer people used it than the Peoples Bus Service, which had grown incredibly popular among Karachi commuters.
According to Sindh’s transport minister, the Orange Line service was supposed to be integrated with the BRTS’s Green Line section. He claimed that the federally overseen Sindh Infrastructure Development Company had been given orders to fully integrate the Orange and Green Lines.
“The people will soon witness revolutionary changes in this regard,” Memon continued. Memon said that efforts were underway to transform public transportation facilities in Karachi and other urban areas of the province.