Metro Bus Project Chief Engineer Sabir Khan Saddozai said on Friday that Rs155 million would be given to the Punjab Horticulture Authority (PHA) in Multan to beautify the metro bus route.
He was talking to newsmen while inspecting machinery at a camp office set up on the metro bus route.
Saddozai said engineers have completed survey according the approved design and marked the area needed for its construction.
He said Rs155 million, to be released by the Metro Bus Authority to the PHA, would be utilised for landscaping and to develop green belts around flyovers.
He said the PHA had submitted estimates for Rs30 million to shift 19,000 plants to the 18-kilometre long metro bus route.
He said a consultant was reviewing the estimates. Saddozai said three contractors assigned to work on the Bosan Road section of the route had arranged 20 heavy construction machinery and18 transit mixer vehicles.
He said cement, sand and crushed stone were being obtained. He said work would begin once the materials inventory reached the desired level. The chief engineer instructed the contractor in Mumtazabad to begin work in next three days.
PHA Director Chaudhry Naseer Ahmad said that PHA was moving plants from the metro bus route to nurseries and shady places to avoid damaging them during construction. “These plants would be shifted back to the green belts in August,” he added. He said at least 11 date palms would be shifted for the project.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 9th, 2015.
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