KARACHI – The Sindh government has collaborated with private bus company, Daewoo, to launch the Peoples Bus Service in the port city.
The Pakistan People’s Party-led government has set a decent fare – Rs20 to Rs40.
Initially 10 buses would run on the streets of Karachi, between Quaidabad and Tower, till 11pm, in a city of nearly 16 million.
Each of the 10 buses has 30 seats and separate doors for men and women to enter.
Sindh Transport Minister Nasir Hussain Shah told the reporters that it was not a big deal for his government to start the bus service. This could be seen as the first drop of rain, Shah said while promising more buses on roads in the coming days.
Last year, the Sindh government had taken notice of the dilapidated condition of public transport in the city, approving a plan to introduce 600 intercity buses in Karachi.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, during the meeting, had said that the Sindh government will help transporters in generating funds for the new buses, while their insurance will be done by the Sindh Insurance Company.
The Sindh government will give Rs2 billion through Modaraba, and provide banks 30 per cent credit risk guarantee.