Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday inaugurated the first interconnected Islamabad metro bus service aimed at facilitating the commuters plying in the twin cities.
This service will connect Bhara Kahu, GT Road, Koral and Rawalpindi through Green, Orange, Blue and Red Lines, respectively.
The bus services will run from Baharakahu to PIMS (Green Line) and Koral to PIMS (Blue Line), where all the Green and Blue services will merge with Red Line (Rawalpindi Islamabad Metro). From the Faiz Ahmad Faiz bus stop, the passengers can take the Orange line to Airport.
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The prime minister also laid the foundation stone of a Command and Control centre for metro buses at Bhara Kahu, which will be completed in six months.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said the services would accommodate the residents of Islamabad and adjoining areas as affordable and decent transportation.
He mentioned that Shehbaz Sharif, throughout his political career, took steps to facilitate the common man.
Chairman CDA Amir Ahmed Ali said 30 buses from China had been added to the fleet to facilitate the services.
He said that from Koral to PIMS, 13 bus stations had been set up with a headway of six minutes. Due to road construction up to Rawat will run a bus shuttle from PWD.
He further said that 8 stations are complete on Green Line, whereas the rest of the 6 stations would be completed by August 14.
The CDA Chairman said that a smart card would also be launched to be used on all bus services, including Rawalpindi’s Red Line.
The Command and Control Centre will be completed in six months. He said Islamabad was the first city in the country with four bus lines operating and vowed to expand in the capital’s sector areas at a stretch of 8-9 kilometres.