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Metro Bus Service Relief for commuters amid rising fuel prices: PM

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – July 7, 2022): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated Islamabad’s first four-line interconnected metro bus service on Thursday, calling the milestone a great relief for commuters in the twin cities facing to high fuel prices.

Addressing the launch of the green and blue lines of the mass transit metro bus service, he called the service a gift for the residents of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, which would welcome the common man, students and the workers who use the routes.

With the service, Bhara Kahu, GT Road, Koral and Rawalpindi were connected via Green, Orange, Blue and Red lines respectively.

The bus service will run from Bahara Kahu to PIMS (green line); Koral to PIMS (Blue Line) where all Green Blue service will merge with Red Line (Rawalpindi Islamabad Metro). From the Faiz Ahmad Faiz bus stop, passengers can take the orange line to the airport.

The Prime Minister mentioned that at a time of skyrocketing petrol prices, the launch of four metro bus lines would be a sigh of relief for commuters. He said that a decent and punctual transport service on a regular basis was a service rendered to the common man and commended the efforts of the Minister of Home Affairs and the President of CDA in service delivery.

He announced to offer a free transport service to commuters for a month. Prime Minister Sharif regretted that a delay in launching the four-year service during the previous term resulted in heavy losses to the public purse. He spearheaded the completion of services allied to the subway bus project on an urgent basis to facilitate the common man.

Prime Minister Sharif said the shuttle service from Rawat to Koral was under consideration and funds would be provided for a quick launch. He said every penny of the national treasury would be spent wisely for the uprising of citizens and stressed that every public project should be monitored to avoid delays in delivery.

The prime minister said efforts were underway to control inflation in the country through short-term relief measures. He said the government would encourage solar power generation projects to alleviate the challenges of power shortage. He hailed the Punjab government’s decision to provide free electricity to consumers using 100 units and hoped other provinces would also follow suit. The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of Home Minister Rana Sanaullah for the measures taken regarding the welfare of the Islamabad police and their families.

The prime minister also laid the foundation stone for a metro bus command and control center in Bhara Kahu, which will be completed in six months.

Home Minister Rana Sanaullah said the service would welcome residents of Islamabad and adjacent areas as an affordable and decent means of transportation. He mentioned that Shehbaz Sharif throughout his political career took steps to facilitate the common man.

CDA Chairman Amir Ahmed Ali said 30 buses from China had been added to the fleet to facilitate services. He told PIMS of Koral, 13 bus stations had been set up with a lead of six minutes. Due to road construction to Rawat, a shuttle bus will depart from PWD.

A bus depot had been established at Bhara Kahu to save dead mileage. The CDA chairman said a smart card would also be launched for use on all bus services including the Rawalpindi Red Line. The command and control center will be completed in six months.

He said Islamabad was the first city in the country with four bus lines in operation and promised to expand in the capital sector areas for a distance of 8-9 kilometers.