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Rapid Transit Systems in Pakistan


Yesterday, (on 17th of June 2013)annual budget report was presented in provincial assemblies of three of Pakistani provinces, Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PMLN) has government in Punjab, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has government in Sindh province. PML(N) also had previous government in Punjab and it started and successfully completed Lahore Bus Rapid Transit System. The system is currently in running and providing transportation services to the people of Lahore across the city.

On the same grounds, Punjab Government announced that there will be built Metro Bus systems in other three big cities of Punjab, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Multan. Punjab Government has five years to fulfill its promise to the citizens of these cities. On the other hand, both Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government also announced in similar transportation plans in their provincial capitals Karachi and Peshawar respectively.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has proposed a Mass Transit System without identifying it whether it will be Subway, Bus Transit, or Circular Railway type transit system. While Sindh government has announced to revive its previously working Karachi Circular Railway System. In comparison to all three proposed systems for each provincial cities, Sindh Government has an advantage as it has the easiest task to revive its previously working system. Land acquisition problem is already solved and also most of the track is present already, ground work is completed. There may be some design work needed to change the current design and then accordingly construction work will be needed but still it will have advantage over Punjabi cities and Peshawar.

Now the race has begun, between provincial governments about transportation in their metropolis. Let’s see which government fulfills its promises and also win the race by completing it first.

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