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ADB signs loan agreement for Karachi BRT; tender launched to supply 100 buses, Pakistan [free access]

June 21, 2020

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed an agreement with the Government of Pakistan to provide a USD235 million loan for the Red Line of the Karachi Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. The loan was approved by ADB in July 2019. In addition, ADB will also administer two loans worth USD71.8 million each from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Agence française de développement (AFD) as well as a grant (worth USD11.80 million) and a loan (worth USD37.20 million) from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).


Karachi BRT Red Line will span 26.6 km and cover 29 stations. The proceeds from the ADB loan will also be used to develop on-street parking at multiple locations, create non-motorised transport infrastructure, install energy-efficient street lights, and undertake improvement works for mixed-traffic roadways with up to six lanes in each direction.


Furthermore, the Sindh Infrastructure Development Company Limited (SIDCL) has invited bids to supply 100 diesel hybrid buses to be deployed on the Green and Orange lines of the Karachi BRT. These include 80 low-floor articulated buses and 20 low-floor buses of length 12 metres. The scope of work also includes supply of tools and diagnostic equipment as well as provision of services. The last date for the submission of bids is July 28, 2020.