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Rs 7.65 billion released for ongoing Metro Bus Service

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Government has so far released a hefty amount of Rs 7.65 billion for under construction Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus project likely to be completed in record 10 months.Spokesman, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, Asif Sheikh said that these funds were released under federal development budget. He informed that the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) has already accorded approval to this project. Asif Sheikh further said more funds will be allocated for this project in the budget for the fiscal year 2014-15.The project is likely to be completed in January-February 2015 as it will be completed in 10 months, he added.Metro Bus project is feasible and a revolutionary step to benefit hundreds of thousands laborers, students and low paid employees travelling between the twin cities.A minimal fare of Rs. 20 will be charged from the commuters and the bus will ferry them to their respective destinations in 20 to 25 minutes.According to official sources, the project has permission and No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (PEPA).The project has been awarded to the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) while Capital Development Authority (CDA) has been asked to extend all possible cooperation in this regard.The experts and other stakeholders have highly appreciated the project and lauded the government’s commitment to complete such more projects during its five years tenure.The official said that it was the vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to give every facility to the needy and poor of the country.He agreed that some trees have to be cut during execution of the project but he said there was an alternative plan of planting more than those being cut. He said affected shop owners have also been compensated. 

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