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Port Qasim to gift hybrid buses to NED, KU, other universities: Ali Zaidi

New bus service between Port Qasim and KPT to be launched. (Source: PID)

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi on Sunday announced that the Port Qasim will gift hybrid buses to the University of Karachi, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), SMC and NED University.

The federal minister made these remarks while addressing a press conference in Karachi along with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Maritime Affairs Mahmood Moulvi and other senior KPT officials.

Ali Zaidi also announced that the government will launch a new bus service between Port Qasim and the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) to facilitate the employees and people.  In order to resolve the traffic issue in the metropolis, the minister said that they would construct bridges for to ensure free flow of traffic.

Responding to a question, Ali Zaidi said the government will not allow KPT land to be leased for pennies. Talking about port affairs, he said past governments had neglected the sector, adding that an internal audit of the department had not been conducted since 2010.

Highlighting the importance of ports, the minister said that the economy of any country depends on them. The entire coastal area has encroached in Karachi, he added. The minister said that KPT is already facing an administrative crisis.

The minister announced the government’s move to launch a new company named Pakistan Maritime Services under a public-private partnership mode. The company will do business in local currency, he added.