ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has inaugurated mega project of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Service to provide hassle free, comfortable and economical travelling facility to the residents of the twin cities.
A dedicated signal-free track of 23 kilometer has been constructed between Islamabad Secretariat to Saddar Rawalpindi with 24 stations equipped with modern facilities to facilitate the commuters of twin cities.
He launched the project at an impressive ceremony held at the Jinnah Convention Centre in Islamabad on Thursday.
Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, governors, ministers and politicians were present.
The project is designed to carry an estimated 150,000 commuters daily from the two ends of the route. The passengers would get a subsidized ticket for Rs 20.
Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had made elaborate arrangements for the launch of the service, completed in a record 14 months. Hundreds of thousands of new saplings were planted, while colourful buntings, national flag and balloons decorated the entire route.
Of the 23 km long track, 8.6 km is elevated and passes through the busy Murree Road, while 13.9 km traverses through Islamabad.
Automatic ticket vending machines, two power generators at each of the 24 bus stops, escalators, lifts for the elderly, disabled and families have been provided, at par with international standards. Toilets, drinking water and round the clock security have been provided at the stations and in the buses.
The Metro Service would be in the watchful eyes of a Central Control Room that would monitor its 10 stations in Rawalpindi and 14 in Islamabad through Closed Circuit cameras. Initially 64 airconditioned buses would ply on the route, that would have separate seats for women and elderly. Each bus with a capacity for 130 passengers would have closed circuit cameras and travel information. NNI