COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF KCR AND BRT: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY COVERING THE MASS TRANSIT NEEDS AND POLICIES IN KARACHI AS A MEGACITY
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Keywords

Megacities
Transportation System
Mass Transit System
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
Karachi Circular Railway (KCR)

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Mustafa, S. (2020). COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF KCR AND BRT: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY COVERING THE MASS TRANSIT NEEDS AND POLICIES IN KARACHI AS A MEGACITY. Global Journal for Management and Administrative Sciences, 1(1), 1–24. https://doi.org/10.46568/gjmas.v1i1.15

Abstract

Karachi, the fastest-growing megacity in the world, is home to more than 22 million dwellers according to independent sources. Since 1998, its population has increased by more than 100 per cent from 11 million. Considering the population framework given by Karachi Strategic Development Plan 2020, the city is expected to have a population of 28.5 million which would exceed 30 million by 2030. The megacity in the developing countries has mega issues including energy, health, sanitation, education system, employment, environment and transportation. In the last few decades, a large number of developing cities have made huge investments to solve their traffic problems by building mass transit and intelligent traffic systems. One of the most challenging and complicated issues in most megacities is the need to provide a mass transit system for commuters and solve the issues related to traffic management. Karachi is the only Megacity in the world with no proper Mass Transit System.
This study attempts to make a comparison between the Sindh Government Karachi Mass Transit Plan 2030 containing six Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors, particularly Green Line, and the revival of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR). The Research Design is based on secondary; exploratory and observational data. Sampling and Survey data has been taken from The Karachi Megacity Survey KMCS-2016 and other secondary sources. This study explores the concerns of the commuters in making available the transport solution in the form of Mass Transit System. It, then, evaluates the features and issues related to the BRT and KCR. The study tries to find out the consequences which ultimately will occur as a result of adopting and implementing either of these or both Mass Transit systems in the context of Karachi as a megacity. The final part of this study tries to identify a better solution for the masses of Karachi as a sustainable long term transit plan.

 

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