Public transport: 30 air conditioned buses to run between Lahore, Kasur

Published: May 5, 2012

STOPS AND FARE: 16 will be the number of stops on the Lahore-Kasur route bus service. The fare will be Rs20 for the shortest ride and the maximum Rs70.

LAHORE: 

The Lahore Transport Company (LTC) on Friday launched its service between Lahore and Kasur and signed an agreement with a Turkish company to import 100 new buses for four new routes in the city. Both ceremonies were presided over by LTC Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan.

As many as 30 air conditioned buses, provided by the Foton Busco Company, will run on this route (route 51). There would be 16 stops on the route. The fare will be Rs20 for the shortest ride and the maximum Rs70.

While addressing the launch ceremony, Hassaan said, “These international standard buses will give a strong momentum to our efforts at facilitating the people.”

Foton Busco Chairman Joseph Vergease, Kasur district coordination officer and LTC Vice Chairman Mehar Ishtiaq were also present.

Hassaan said that the LTC had provided a favourable environment for investment in the urban transport sector.

In his address, Vergease appreciated the Punjab government’s efforts in executing public transport projects. He said that 30 air-conditioned buses were being plied in the first phase. More public transport projects will be launched soon in various districts of the Punjab and Sindh, he added.

100 more from Turkish company

Also on Friday, Hassaan presided over a ceremony where he signed an agreement with the Turkish Company Albayrak which will operate 100 new air-conditioned buses on four new routes of the city.

The agreement was signed by LTC Chief Executive Officer Khwaja Haider Latif and Hamid Chelac, member of the Albayrak Board of Directors at the Chief Minister Secretariat.

Hassaan said huge investment in the domain of socio economic development by the Turkish companies was the indication of the strong relationship between the two countries.

The buses will operate from General Bus Stand to Allama Iqbal International Airport (route 8), from Allama Iqbal International Airport to Valencia Town (route 28), from Allama Iqbal International Airport to Sherakot (route 39) and from Defence to Allama Iqbal International Airport (route 46).

Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2012.

Reader Comments (4)

  • John
    May 5, 2012 - 2:10PM

    This may be the only transport service in the world where the fares are not made known or displayed to travelers and only the conductors know what to charge depending on their mood or greed. Way to go…

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  • NuPak
    May 6, 2012 - 1:16AM

    I'm horrified of the demand later of these passenger's for air-conditioners at their home too because now they can't handle the heat__ so much for the historic land of strongmen. I, when come to Pakistan never use air-conditioners any-where___ just to save my day from the misery of heat when I step outside the AC later.

    I say any healthy & fit person can handle the heat with a little bit of planing and inner strength. Just like the kids of luxury lifestyle can’t handle the heat outside so will be our farmers, workers, students, and shop-owners now. Where are we heading to? and who will get Electric, Gas, Coal or petrol Power for a nation 130million of AC lovers, living in permanent hot climate. Bottom line: You have to work extra in the heat just to pay for the AC, how Ironic?

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  • farooq
    May 6, 2012 - 3:11AM

    rent is very high and rent list no show coductor gives the rent of people any like his mind it is not good

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  • R.I.P
    Jun 8, 2012 - 6:58PM

    there should be more of these its a good step a small trip on RICKSHAW cost rs. 50 for just 2 kilometer trip

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