Sindh govt approves resumption of 66 CNG buses in Karachi

KARACHI: The Sindh cabinet on Wednesday approved the resumption of 66 CNG buses of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) for transportation in the metropolis.

The buses will be handed over to the private sector for five years to provide transportation facilities and will ply from Gulshan-e-Hadeed to Keamari via Shahrah-e-Faisal. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah chaired the session of the provincial cabinet which also took major decisions for Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) and ambulance service of Aman Foundation.

The cabinet approved to release the remaining Rs10 million for KCR project. The cabinet was briefed that the Sindh government had already released Rs15 million funds for the project. It is pertinent to mention that the Sindh government had been given the responsibility to construct 11 out of 24 underpasses and flyovers at railway crossings in KCR routes.

The meeting also decided to register the ambulance service of Aman Foundation as a new company named Sindh Emergency and Rescue Services (SERS).  The SERS board will comprise of nine members and the provincial health minister will act as its chairperson.

The Sindh government will be responsible for the entire funding of the ambulance service and approved Rs1.1 billion funds for the ambulance service to increase the fleet to 200 ambulances.

The cabinet has also decided to grant magisterial powers to assistant and deputy commissioners for price control. It was decided to write a letter to the federal government for the procurement of 880,000 COVID-19 testing kits. The cabinet was informed that rapid antigen kits are required by the health department.

The provincial government also decided to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the National Radio Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) and Home Department for the installation of 10,000 cameras under the Karachi Safe City project.

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