Metro bus project in final stages: CM

CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that metro bus project is in the final stages of completion and the project of public service is being completed within a record period of eleven months by the Punjab government with its own resources.

He was talking to the citizens during his visit to various sections of the metro bus project here on Sunday.

Shahbaz said the bus project had been launched successfully on experimental basis and the way the people had appreciated it had given him confidence that when metro buses would be operational on a regular basis, the elite would also be proud to travel on them along the common man.

He said that despite severe cold, work was in progress on the project round the clock and he was sure that the project would rid the people of transport problems. He said excellent arrangements had been made at bus stations for convenience of passengers while the entire system was being linked with the electronic system. Similarly, he said, control rooms were being established at all stations.

The CM inspected construction work of the bus project from Gajjumatta to Azadi Chowk and directed the authorities concerned to complete installation of escalators expeditiously. He also visited the bus depot being constructed for metro buses and inspected the buses stationed there. He also inspected the newly-constructed bridge along the Lahore Bridge and visited Kalma Chowk underpass project. He said completion of Kalma Chowk underpass within stipulated period should be ensured at any cost and Lesco authorities should be contacted for the immediate shifting of electric poles. The Chief Minister also gave instructions for horticulture and landscaping on the route of metro bus. He also inspected construction work at the rotary turn near the MAO College.

Shahbaz Sharif visited metro bus project for more than three hours in severe cold and dense fog and without security and protocol. People at various places raised slogans in his support. The CM shook hands with the people and labourers and appreciated them for working in extreme cold. Traffic was not stopped at any place during his three-hour long visit.

Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan, Punjab Metro Bus Authority Managing Director Sibtain Fazal Haleem, LDA Director General Ahad Cheema and others were present. The LDA DG gave a briefing to the CM on progress on various sections.