Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif proudly inaugurated the mega project of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Service here on Thursday. Metro Bus service is a gift to the people of twin cities as it is an economical, comfortable and hassle free travelling facility.
The eye-popping launching ceremony of the Metro Bus service was held at the Jinnah Convention center in Islamabad.
For the travelers of twin cities, a dedicated signal-free track of 23 KM has been constructed between Saddar Rawalpindi to Islamabad Secretariat. All the modern facilities are installed at the stations.
The concept and implementation of the project and salient features of the bus service was briefed by the project director and Commissioner Rawalpindi.
Regardless of various huddles and challenges, the track of 23-KM with no signals has been completed in a period of only 14 months.
Total cost of the project is 44.84 billion rupees which also includes an Interchange at Peshawar Morr at a cost of 5 billion rupees.
Overhead track of 8.6 KM is constructed for Rawalpindi portion.
24 state-of-the-art buses are added in the Metro bus Project to serve the travelers of the twin cities-10 in Rawalpindi and 14 in the Capital City.
Modern facilities which are available at the Metro Stations include Wi-Fi, escalators, computerized ticketing system and elevators for special persons.
Total 68 buses are operating on the route, each have a capacity of 150 passengers.
On daily basis around 150,000 travelers will get the benefit from this.
Despite of rumors and criticism, Metro Bus Project has become reality as said by the Chairman of Metro Bus project Hanif Abbasi.
For providing such a modern travelling facility to the people of twin cities which also added beauty to the landscape of both cities, Hanif Abbasi special thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Government has given handsome amount to the people whose properties are affected due to the construction of the Metro Bus project, said by Hanif Abbasi.
The launching ceremony of Metro Bus was attended by members of the Federal Cabinet, Governor Punjab Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Governor KPK Sardar Mehtab Ahmad, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak, Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik, political leaders, members of the parliament, members of the diplomatic community in Islamabad and senior officials.