WB to assist Sindh govt for construction of Jam Sadiq Bridge

A High profile meeting was held consisting of senior representatives from Sindh govt and World Bank. During the meeting the repair of Jam sadiq bridge and the construction of an alternate bridge, to facilitate mass transit system, was agreed upon by both sides.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and other senior ministers attended the meeting. World Bank Country Director Najy Benhassine was part of the meeting.

It was pointed out that Jam Sadiq Bridge needed to be overhauled/ repaired to meet the requirement of the mass transit system being developed. The meeting also agreed to construct a new bridge as an alternate of the Jam Sadiq Bridge. The chief minister directed P&D department to prepare PC-1 for repair of the existing Jam Sadiq Bridge and plan for the new bridge along with its site.

During the meeting the promotion of mass transit systems in the city was also discussed in detail. One of the most important projects for development of Mass Transit Infrastructure is the yellow line BRT.  The government envisages construction of a 22 km long yellow line BRT corridor which includes bus ways, stations, terminals and depots.  The total estimated cost of the project is Rs53,540 million.The meeting was told that the acting charge of the PD of the project has been given to MD Sindh Mass Transit Authority, but a separate PD would be appointed shortly. The procurement consultant has joined, and the other staff would be hired through a third party by the end of August 2022.

The Sindh govt and the world bank agreed to start civil work of the BRT Yellow Line from June 2023 and procurement for perimeter boundary would be started in August 2022.