Over 60 buses to ply on metro bus route

ISLAMABAD: As many as 64 buses would ply on the metro bus route between the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, an official of the project said on Wednesday. Talking to APP he said that work on the welfare-oriented metro bus project was continuing and it would be completed within stipulated time. “This is a public welfare project and every effort is being made for its speedy completion,” he said. The multi-billion mass transit project, estimated to cater thousands of passengers in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad was launched in March, this year and is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year.The project starting from near Flashman Hotel on Mall Road Rawalpindi and as per plan following the existing Murree Road up to Faizabad, will turn left into the Federal territory and follow I.J.P. Road up to 9th Avenue. Then, it will turn right and follow the 9th Avenue in Islamabad. Thereafter, it will turn right on Jinnah Avenue up to the end of Blue Area. From Blue Area a connection to Secretariat stop will be provided through the open space behind parade ground.It will cross the Constitution Avenue and another couple of main roads through underpasses.The official said that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had already approved the construction of a metro bus depot worth Rs 1.5 billion. “More than 50 buses would be parked in the depot at nighttimes,” he said. He said the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) had sought 20 acres of land from the CDA for the depot. “We are trying to get an additional three acres of land for this purpose,” he said.To a question about the price of the land, he said the Federal Government had transferred the land to the Punjab government without any cost as the state land would be used by a state organization for the public welfare project.The establishment of metro bus depot near the metro bus road would help save the fuel, he added. 

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