Bahria Town to undertake (BRT) Blue Line Project

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KARACHI (Oct 15): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah held an important meeting to discuss the way forward for development of BRTS Blue Line in the background of recent commitment expressed by M/s. Bahria Town Limited to undertake the development of the BRTS Blue Line project. After detailed discussion, it was decided that the request of M/S Bahria Town Limited may be accepted. The Honorable Chief Minister Sindh directed the Transport & Mass Transit Department, to take necessary action on fast track and proceed in accordance with the relevant provisions of SPPRA Rules.

The Meeting was attended by Minister Transport & Mass Transit Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sindh Mr. Sohail Rajput, Secretary Finance Mr. Hasan Naqvi, Secretary Transport & Mass Transit Mr. Saeed Ahmed Awan, Director General Sindh Mass Transit Authority Mr. Muhammad Athar and Director General Public Private Partnership Unit Mr. Khalid Shaikh, besides other officials and project consultants.

While briefing on the project background it was informed that the Transport & Mass Transit Department, Government of Sindh received an Unsolicited proposal from M/s. Bahria Town (Pvt.) Ltd. on 6th January 2015 for the Bus Rapid Transit – Blue Line Project as allowed under section 86 of the Sindh Public Procurement (SPP) Rules, 2010. As per the validation exercise undertaken by project consultants, the initiator of the unsolicited proposal submitted their revised proposal. The comparison of revised unsolicited proposal and the revised concept presented by the Advisory Consortium along with cost rationalization is as detailed below:

Amounts in PKR Unsolicited Proposal Revised ConceptEPC cost 26.8 21.2Bus Operation cost 4.0 3.4Insurance, Project Management fee, contingencies and IDC 6.6 4.4Sub-total 37.4 29.0ITS cost ITS excluded 3.0Total Project cost 37.4 32.0Dedicated/Mixed Corridor on M9 Dedicated MixedDedicated/Mixed corridor on Airport Link route. Dedicated MixedNumber of buses 120 articulated 80 articulated and 20 non-articulatedBus depot (incl. buildings, furniture, equipments etc.) PKR 1.2 billion excl. 50 acres land PKR 1.7 billion incl. 30 acres land.

Later, the Bahria Town (Private) Limited via letter no. BTPL/KHI/BRTS-BL/12-2016/0001 dated 16th December 2016 had withdrawn their unsolicited proposal for the development, operations and maintenance of the Bus Rapid Transit System – Blue Line Project in Karachi on ‘Build Own Operate Transfer’ basis under PPP Mode due to the gaps between the commercial, technical and legal positions of both the parties.Now M/S Bahria Town have expressed their serious commitment for development of Bus Rapid Transit Blue Line Project in PPP mode proposing revival of their Unsolicited proposal.

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