A newly formed 11-member twin cities Metro Bus Project Implementation Committee Friday held its second meeting at Jinnah Convention Centre to review progress on the ongoing Rs43billion public transport project.
On Friday, the committee was given presentations by the representatives of five construction firms, which are engaged on construction work on different construction packages of Islamabad-section of the project.
The committee discussed in detail delay in shifting of utility services from areas where construction work would be carried out.
Rawalpindi Commissioner Zahid Saeed informed that payment in lieu of shifting of services lines had been made to relevant agencies and hopefully they would start shifting work very soon.
Committee chairman Hanif Abbasi said that all issues such as shifting of utility services lines, electricity poles and a portion of weekly bazaar at H-9 will be resolved amicably in consultation with all the stakeholders.
Former MNA Shakeel Awan, MNA Tariq Fazl Chaudhry, Member Provincial Assembly Raja Hanif Advocate, deputy and chief commissioners of Islamabad, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) chairman, and Islamabad Inspector General of Police attended the meeting.
Commissioner Rawalpindi informed that Islamabad section of Metro Bus Project has been divided into five different packages. The work on these sections has been awarded to five different contractors in order to speed up the pace of work.
The Chairman Capital Development Authority Maroof Afzal reiterated authority’s full cooperation and support for the Rawalpindi Development Authority, which is executing the project, for project’s speedy completion.
The first meeting of the committee was held at the office of Commissioner Rawalpindi on Thursday where it was briefed about the Rawalpindi-section of the project and issues confronting it.
The committee was formed following a meeting held at the Prime Minister’s secretariat and chaired by Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif. Former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Member National Assembly (MNA) Hanif Abbasi has been made chairman of the committee, while commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed, who is also project director for metro bus project, is co-chairman of the committee.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2014.
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