Sharif promises AC buses for seven cities

Published: May 2, 2012

200 of 350 air-conditioned buses for Lahore arrived last week.

LAHORE: 

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday his government plans to launch air-conditioned buses in seven major cities of the Punjab. The announcement came on Tuesday during a meeting with Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan and Bus Rapid Transit System Chairman Mehar Ishtiaq.

The Planning and Development Board chairman, Transport and Finance Departments secretaries, divisional commissioners, Lahore Development Authority director general, the district coordination officer and National Engineering Services Pakistan (Pvt) Limited representatives were also present.

A Chief Minister’s Secretariat spokesperson told The Express Tribune that several decisions were taken in the meeting regarding the air-conditioned bus service, establishing the Bus Rapid Transit Authority and modernising the public transport system in the province.

The chief minister while addressing the meeting said that the provision of affordable and comfortable transport facilities to the masses was one of the government’s priorities. He said that air-conditioned CNG public transport buses will soon be launched in Lahore, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Sialkot.

He said that 350 buses had so far been imported from Turkey. Out of these, he said, 200 had arrived in Lahore last week. The remaining were undergoing the clearance process in Karachi. The chief minister said that the service would soon be launched in collaboration with the private sector.

The chief minister said that a proposal to launch a bus service up to Wagha border was also under consideration. He also directed the district coordination officers to take special measures for regulating traffic in their districts.

He said that establishing a certified parking company was the need of the hour. He said it would soon be set up under the city district government, which would be responsible for safe and suitable parking arrangements at various points in the city.

The chief minister said that the Bus Rapid Transit Authority would run a Metro Bus Service. He said that the Metro Bus Service would prove a paradigm shift in the public transport system in the country.

He also directed the officers concerned to make necessary arrangements to accommodate the disabled and senior citizens. He said besides installation of electronic ticketing in Metro Bus Service, proper training will be given to its staff.

“A Metro Bus would be available every two minutes,” he added.

Later, Hassaan briefed the chief minister on various aspects of the Bus Rapid Transit System.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 2nd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Omar
    May 2, 2012 - 11:10AM

    Alas, I wish you guys could do these things for the general public from day one and not when elections are in sight. Any political party which focuses on these basic issue can never be voted out…!

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  • Rose
    May 2, 2012 - 11:38AM

    Yuhooo…. I am big fan of you Mr. CM Punjab

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  • Awais Ch
    May 2, 2012 - 1:16PM

    Another cheap thrill of attraction!

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  • Fahad Javaid - PTI
    May 2, 2012 - 3:12PM

    For Heaven sake, we already have shortages of gas and they are importing CNG buses. Please, for the sake of your people don’t, atleast, don’t do atrocities or play with their emotions just for cheap publicity stunts.

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  • Hassan
    May 2, 2012 - 3:14PM

    Why announce this during the last six months of his five year term??????

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