Karachi on Saturday, Dec 25 finally got the Green Line Bus Service running but pan and gutka chewers are not allowed to ride!
Karachi’s Green Line Bus Rapid Transit Service (BRTS) has finally become operational after almost six years since its groundbreaking.
Initially, the Green Line bus service will be operational for four hours from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon with the fares that would range between Rs15 to Rs55.
However, the ticketing system of the Green Line bus has come to a standstill due to the non-availability of tickets, trouble due to overcharging, and inactive bus stops.
The first bus went off carrying passengers from Sarjani Town to Abdullah Chowk and reached at 8:22 pm at Haideri Bus Station.
The initial ticket price for the travel is fixed between Rs20 and Rs25 and 250 people can easily be accommodated on each bus.
As being reported, the commuters raised a hue and cry after they were charged Rs55 for the journey, which invited scathing criticism from the passengers.
On the other hand, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail has unveiled some Dos and Donts for traveling on the newly-launched Green Line Bus.
Governor Sindh has announced that the pan and gutka chewers are not allowed to ride the buses as they would make the vehicles ‘dirty’.
Imran Ismail further said that passengers must brush their teeth before travelling on the newly inaugurated bus service.
He was talking to media persons earlier in the day along with the Sindh chief minister after the change of guards ceremony at the founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam’s mausoleum in Karachi.
Meanwhile, the federal minister for planning in a tweet marking the Green Line Service operation said: “In Quaid-e-Azam city, Karachi Green Line commercial operation started on Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday. The first bus departed from Abdullah Chowk station with passengers”
“From today, the eleven stations will have a 4-hour service from 8 to 12 o’clock in the morning. Inshallah, as announced earlier, from January 10, all the stations will start working from morning to evening,” he added.