Islamabad: PM Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the Islamabad Metro Bus Service on Monday. The 26 km mass transit bus would benefit 50,000 commuters on a daily basis. The long-awaited Islamabad Metro Bus Service from Peshawar Mor to New Islamabad International Airport worth Rs 16 billion was initiated in 2017 by the then PML-N government. The NHA was supposed to complete the project in one year's time but due to a change of government, the work on the project lingered. Last week the PM had reached Peshawar Mor and ordered the concerned authorities to make the bus operational within a week to minimize the woes and worries of the people, especially the daily commuters.
Speaking on the occasion the prime minister said that the journey of the progress has resumed after a halt of around four years. He said that the worries of the people were going to end soon. He also assured the masses that he would do his best to complete urgently the projects of public interest. The PM said that Islamabad Metro Bus is a gift of the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the residents of the twin cities to enjoy a reasonable source of transportation. The PM regretted that due to a lack of will on the part of the PTI government the important projects could not be executed in time. He regretted that despite the availability of development funds the previous government could not serve the masses. He said that during the previous tenure the PML (N) government had successfully launched similar mass transit projects in Rawalpindi, Lahore, and Multan.
It is pertinent to mention here that the CDA has been trying to make the project functional for years under the direction of the federal government but due to some reason or the other, the project could not be completed in time. During his visit to Metro Bus Project, PM Shahbaz Sharif expressed his annoyance over the delay in the completion of the project. PM said that having spent Rs 16 billion on the project he could not see positive results on the ground. Under the strict directions of the Prime Minister, the concerned authorities worked round the clock during the last week and enabled the project to be operational on Monday (today), 18 April 2022.