Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to operationalize the remaining part of the Metro Bus service from Peshawar mor to Airport. He has also ordered an inquiry into why the project remained dormant during the past four years even after completion.
While visiting the Peshawar Mor metro station at 7am he ordered to carry out a feasibility study as per PPRA (Public Procurement Regulatory Authority) rules for two additional routes, namely from Rawat and Bhara Kahu connecting the airport.
It was highlighted that initially 30 buses would be running on the 24-kilometere-long track from Peshawar More to Islamabad International Airport. Fifteen buses will be taken from Punjab Mass Transit Authority Rawalpindi till the new fleet is added to Islamabad metro service.
Buses will be covered in orange skin for route coding. The NHA to N5 station will take 6-8 minutes and from N5 to the airport around 25-30 minutes. The shuttle service will be run on a stretch of 11 kilometres.
While discussing the operationalization of Islamabad metro the PM directed the CDA to start running a free-of-cost service for a trial period until the installation of ticketing machines. So for the month of Ramzan the metro bus service in Islamabad will run free of cost for the citizens.