Triumphant Punjab government inaugurates Lahore Metro Bus Service

20,000-40,000 people to use the service daily, says Lahore Transport Company Chairman.


Web Desk February 10, 2013
According to the Punjab government, the project cost Rs30 billion. The figure, however, is disputed by the opposition. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ ZAHOORUL HAQ.

LAHORE: The much awaited Lahore Metro Bus Service -- consisting of 27 bus stations -- was inaugurated in Nishtar Colony today, reported Express News on Sunday.

The routes and stations were decorated with fresh flowers and posters representing Pakistani culture. Lahoris danced to drums celebrating the new service introduced by the Punjab government.

For one month, the Metro Bus will offer services free of cost to the people of Lahore.

A high-level Turkish delegation, led by the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister participated in the inaugural ceremony.

Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Nawaz Chief Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif were also present.

Shahbaz, speaking at the event, said that it was a “great” day in the history of Pakistan.

He said that not only factory workers will travel in these buses, but factory owners will also travel in them soon. “Patients will go to hospitals through these buses. Our doctors and nurses will also travel through them,” he said adding that he himself will use these buses to travel.

Shahbaz said that the buses will save time and money by taking 150 people, who were earlier travelling in 100 cars, in one vehicle. “This will also save fuel and time... and avoid traffic jams.”

He vowed that the investment done in the project will be returned to the people in four and a half years.

Diplomats from various other countries and other political personalities including Maryam Nawaz, Hamza Mawaz, American counsulate Nina Maria, Chaudhry Nisar, Liaqat Baloch, Talat Bugti and chief secretary Punjab Tariq Masood Khosa attended the inaugural ceremony.

Special guests at the event, including the Punjab chief minister and the PML-N chief, travelled in the bus during the inauguration event.

As soon as the bus service was opened for the public, a large number of people rushed towards the bus stops. Police resorted to baton-charge to disperse the crowd.

On February 5, last year the ground had broken for the project. Work on the 27-kilometre long project – from Gajju Matta to Shahdara – started on March 12.

According to the Punjab government, the project cost Rs30 billion. The figure, however, is disputed by the opposition.

The project is currently missing a bridge over River Ravi as a result of which the buses will use the existing Ravi Bridge.

Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hasan expects 20,000-40,000 people to use the service which he says has the capacity to cater to 112,000 people every day.

COMMENTS (99)

S.N.Ahmad | 8 years ago | Reply

Dear Shamim, This project actually cost 90 Billion out of which 30 Billion spent by Govt. of the Punjab where as balance 60 Gillion was spend by Turkey.

Hope you will understand the situation now.

Ghaddar or thagga | 8 years ago | Reply

I was thkiking that after the news of no free charge on metro. PPP , PML-Q , MQM , PTI will say against Shabaz Sharif , that he used too much of the punjab money he could also use that money on school and hospitals. And they kept on saying against him . My guess was correct .

Instead of saying that now Monsy had been invested lets try to save this money and try to make this project (Lahore Metro) a success!

But instead of saying this they say that it's useless. This same happens with the creation of the motor way. When motor way was created Our people of nation will know it when time will pass that it's really great for transport!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our trains and transports are from the era of gora people and no one had worked on it since then i salute Shabaz Sharif that man can unite all the pakistan if he have all the Authority. If he gets the Authority of electricity , gas then he can finish that project in six months!!!!!!!!!!

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