Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the splendid welfare-oriented project of Metro Bus Service is heading towards completion and with the launching of Metro Bus Service the temporary inconvenience of citizens will change into permanent relief while the critics will also be silenced. He said that the project will be a unique example of speed, transparency and standard. He said that metro bus project will bring about a revolutionary change in transport system. He said that while E-ticketing system will ensure charging of genuine fare, it will also introduce a modern transport culture. He said that the poor have equal right over resources and by spending billions of rupees on public welfare projects, the Punjab government is upholding the rights of the poor masses.
He was presiding over a high-level meeting to review the pace of work on Metro Bus Project, here today. Chairman Lahore Transport Company Kh. Ahmed Hassan, Members Provincial Assembly Mehr Ishtiaq Ahmed, Hafiz Muhammad Nauman, Ramzan Siddique Bhatti, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Transport, heads of development institutions besides contractors were present. Director General LDA Ahad Cheema and Project Director of Metro Bus Sibtain Fazal-e-Haleem informed about the pace of work on the route of metro bus. Addressing the meeting, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that metro bus service is a public welfare project and every effort should be made for its speedy completion while every task should be completed within the timeframe at any cost. He said that no compromise will be made on the quality of the project and in case of any complaint the persons responsible will not be spared. Expressing his dissatisfaction over the pace of work on the route of metro bus from Qadaffi Stadium to Ichara, the Chief Minister directed that the work should be accelerated and completed within the stipulated period. He said that Kalma Chowk is being made signal-free through construction of underpasses so that the citizens should not face any inconvenience. He said that the foundation stone of the new bridge at the River Ravi will soon be laid and it will also be a masterpiece of architecture. He directed that the flow of traffic at Chungi Amarsidhu and Azadi Chowk should be improved and the number of pedestrian bridges should be increased for the benefit of the people. He said that the contractors working on metro bus project should continue to work with commitment and utilize all their energies for the early completion of this welfare-oriented project.
Director General LDA and Project Director Metro Bus while informing about the pace of work on the route of metro bus service informed that the work is continuing speedily on various sections and all possible resources are being utilized for its completion within the timeframe. They informed that the route of metro bus from Ichra to Kartaba Chowk will be completed by December 15 while the construction work of the additional bridge along Lahore Bridge will be completed by December 18. Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board while giving briefing regarding E-ticketing system said that the work on the system is in progress expeditiously. He said that a control room will be set up for metro bus service from which the movement of buses on the entire route will be monitored. He said that passengers will be given information about the movement of the buses through LED screens. The contractors assured that maximum resources are being utilized for the early completion of the metro bus project and the work will be completed within the stipulated period.