Pakistan: Karachi Bus Rapid Transit Project (AIIB-000162)

  • Pakistan
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Karachi, Sindh
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 1, 2018
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Government of Pakistan
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
  • Transport
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, etc.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 100.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 582.50 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS Feb 20, 2019

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Project Description

According to the bank, "The objective is to provide an efficient and sustainable public transport system in Karachi by delivering the city's Red Line BLT corridor." The project has two components: 1.Construction of Karachi Red Line BRT Corridor and Associated Facilities; and 2. Establishment of BRT Operations

Investment Description
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

ADB US$ 390 million
Borrower US$ 92.5 million

Contact Information
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB):
Mr.Soon-Sik Lee
Project Team Leader/Senior
Investment Operations Specialist
Tel: +86 10 8358 0078
Asian Development Bank(ADB):
Mr.David Margonsztern
Principal Urban Development Specialist (Transport)
Tel: +632 632 5787
Mr.Aslam Chaudhary
Joint Secretary-China & AIIB Economic Affairs Division, Government of Pakistan
Tel: +92519205292
Implementation Agency:
Mr.A. Rasheed Mughal
Project Director, Transport & Mass Transit Department, PIU
Tel: +92213586 5392


In addition, the AIIB has a Bank Oversight Mechanism. According to AIIB's policies, "people who believe they have been or are likely to be adversely affected by a failure of the Bank to implement the ESP may also submit complaints to the Bank's oversight mechanism in accordance with the policies and procedures to be established by the Bank for such mechanism." However, at the time of writing, it is unclear what the exact scope and function of this Oversight Mechanism will be.