RAWALPINDI: The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) on Tuesday informed the Coordination Committee on Metro Bus Service Project that Rs 102 million would be required to shift water and sewerage lines from the project site to ensure smooth and timely completion of the mass transit scheme.
Submitting the expenditure estimate, the civic body expressed confidence that it would ensure supply of clean drinking water and laying of sewerage lines during the project period by preparing an effective alternate plan. WASA Managing Director Raja Shaukat Mehmood said technical experts have completed the survey of Murree Road, where an 8.6 kilometre elevated track would be constructed for speedy switching over to the alternate plan.
Coordination Committee Chairman, Rawalpindi Commissioner Zahid Saeed has directed the city traffic police and civil bodies to submit their alternate plans to initiate the much awaited public transport scheme, which is being executed at a cost of Rs 34.8 billion. The project will be completed in record 11 months to ensure speedy and decent transport service for the residents of the twin cities. The chairman had asked all departments concerned, including the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK), (WASA), Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), Traffic Police, Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, to devise strategies and implement them by February 26, as Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would inaugurate the project on February 28.
Under the Metro project, 10 bus stops would be constructed from Flashman Chowk Saddar, up to Faizabad, including at Mareer, Liaquat Bagh, Committee Chowk, Waris Khan, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rehmanabad, Sixth Road, Shamsabad and Faizabad. For this purpose, the provincial government will acquire 25 kanals of land. The Revenue Department has completed the survey of Murree Road accordingly. According to a report, 20 to 30 private buildings will come under the project, whose present value is estimated at Rs 20 million to Rs 25 million each.
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