CDA chairman visits under-construction metro bus stations
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed visited under-construction metro bus stations for Green and Blue Lines metros and ordered accelerating work.
Islamabad Chief Commissioner visited Pims and Bhara Kahu stations, which were being built for the Green Line bus service project. He also visited the Koral bus station for the blue line, according to a press release issued by CDA.
CDA chairman was briefed that the Bhara Kahu station would be accomplished within a month while the Pims and Koral stations will also be completed shortly. He directed the departments to further accelerate the pace of work and high quality of work should be ensured.
The CDA is going to initiate the announced bus services within the next two months on current roads in mixed traffic. Though, as a permanent solution, the government had allocated PSDP funds for the coming the financial year 2022-23 for designated roads for the said bus services.
A CDA official said that a PC-II is ready for hiring a consultant to conduct a feasibility study for the said two roads. “After a feasibility study, we will go for starting construction work for proper corridors. However, as stop-gap arrangements within two months we will launch both metro bus services in mixed traffic,” said an officer of CDA. He added that PC-II will soon be forwarded to the Interior ministry for the place before the DWP meeting for approval.
Earlier, for the upcoming financial budget year 2022-23, the federal government has decided to fund Green Line and Blue Line Metro bus services and assigned Rs1500 million for them.
Moreover, as per the budgetary document, the federal government has reserved Rs1,000 million for the Rawat-Faizabad Metro bus project (Blue Line) while Rs500 million has been earmarked for Bhara Kau-Faizabad Metro (Green Lines) for the coming fiscal year.
The budgetary documents further show that the two mega-projects will be given a subsidy of Rs10billion each in the coming years.