Karachi: Turkish Consul General Tolga Ucak has offered assistance to Karachi Administrator Iftikhar Ali Shallwani for restarting the city’s popular tram service on the MA Jinnah and II Chundrigar Roads, according to a news report published on September 18.
In a meeting held at the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) on Thursday, Shallwani expressed gratitude to the Turkish state official for the assistance offer geared towards improving transport facilities for Karachiites.
The official handout issued by the KMC stated that the said tram service constituted one of the ‘most important parts of mass transit across the globe as people use it to commute and it is also fuel-efficient’. Further, corporation officials have expressed hope that since Istanbul, Turkey is renowned for its tram service, Karachi might also be in a position to start attracting tourists once it launches its trams on a pattern akin to the said metropolis.
Additionally, the city administrator has said that the historic reputation of Karachi would be restored following the resumption of its tram service, and commended the Turkish government for its support.
Keeping in view the need for a cheaper and speedier mass transit solution, the meeting decided to introduce the service on two of Karachi’s busiest arteries.