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35 percent progress achieved on Metro Bus Project so far - Hanif Abbasi June 27, 2014
Meeting at ICCI
35 percent work of Metro Bus Project has been completed so far and the whole project would be completed before the target date, said Hanif Abbasi, Chairman, Metro Bus Project Committee. He was briefing the business community on Metro Bus Project at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry. MNA Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Chief Commissioner ICT Jawad Paul, Member (Admn) CDA Amir Ali Ahmed and many officers of administration were present at the occasion.
Hanif Abbasi said that Punjab Government has initiated many projects in Rawalpindi during the last 5 years including Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology, 400 bed kidney hospital, Technical Training Institute and Flyovers at Chadni Chowk & 6th Road. Now the Punjab Government has started Metro Bus Project to provide respectable transport facility to the lower middle class of the twin cities. 
He said Metro Bus will cost Rs.44.31-billion and will run on a track of 22.5 Kms with 8.6 Km elevated corridor in Rawalpindi and 13.9 Km on ground track in Islamabad. 10 elevated stations will be set up in Rawalpindi and 14 At Grade stations in Islamabad. All stations will have underpass or flyover facility for commuters with ramps for special persons. He said the project has been divided into 9 packages with January 2015 as target date for completion. However, he was hopeful that the project would be completed within 6-8 months. The affected traders would be paid compensation ranging from Rs.3.7 million to 4.6 million per Marla as per value of the locality. He said the Metro Bus track has the provision to accommodate railway track in future without any additional stations. 
Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said all stakeholders have been taken on board for Metro Bus mega project and termed it as a gift of Punjab Government for the citizens of twin cities. He said Metro Bus will benefit 1.5 to 2-million low income people with Rs.20 fair. He assured that all concerns of business community would be addressed and their suggestions would be given due consideration.
Shaban Khalid, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that Metro Bus would be a new milestone of development in Rawalpindi and Islamabad as it is a people friendly project and will provide a respectable mode of transportation, especially to low income commuters. He said an overhead bridge should be built to connect the H-8 with H-9 and to facilitate access to Margalla Road. Similarly a U-turn in Blue Area on Metro Bus track should be arranged as without this facility businessmen and people would face problems. 
Amir Ali Ahmed, Member (Admin) CDA said that CDA has resolved 95 percent issues of Metro Bus project and added that all activities of the mega project are running in a transparent manner. 

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