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25% work on metro bus project completed: Hanif Abbasi

RAWALPINDI: Metro bus project Chairman Hanif Abbasi on Monday said that around 25 percent construction work on the Murree Road section of the metro bus project has been completed in the last two months.
“Construction work is in full swing and three companies have so far completed 25 percent work at their respective sites, and the task of erecting pillars for 8.6 kilometre elevated track from Flashman Chowk up to Faizabad would hopefully be achieved by June 30,” he said while talking to the media personnel. The project, initiated on March 23, being executed at a cost of Rs 43 billion, would be completed in 10 months to provide speedy and decent transport service to the residents of the twin cities.
He said that the civic bodies, including Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) have been directed to shift their respective services in accordance with the alternate plan by May 30 to ensure maintaining pace of ongoing development work.
To a question, he said that the land acquiring process to set up bus terminals at 10 points including Flashman, Mareer, Liaquat Bagh, Committee Chowk, Waris Khan, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rehmanabad, and the Sixth Road is underway. Abbasi said that judicious compensation to the affected traders and reasonable payment of land would be ensured in consultation with the trade bodies, adding that the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) has been given the task to prepare a workable formula in this regard.
He said that the terminals would have all facilities like escalators, lifts for disabled and senior citizens, generators and public toilets besides security all along the track. To another question, he said that a tender would be floated by mid-June for the purchase of buses, escalators, lifts, and generators in national dailies.

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