Govt asked CDA to operationalize Metro Bus service from Peshawar Morr to Islamabad Airport

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Minister for Finance and Revenue Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh chaired a meeting of the Committee to decide about the modalities for operationalising the Metro-bus Corridor from Peshawar Morr (G-9) to New Islamabad International Airport.

The Chairman CDA emphasized upon the need to operationalize the Metro-bus Corridor from Peshawar Morr (G-9) to New Islamabad International Airport immediately for providing a comfortable, safe and secure transportation facility to the commuters in the Capital City.

He informed the meeting that the Cabinet had already approved the formation of the Capital Mass Transit Authority (CMTA) to run the Metro Bus Service from Peshawar Morr (G-9) to the New Islamabad International Airport.

Chairman CDA requested the Punjab Mass Transit Authority to provide the buses to operationalize the newly constructed Metro-bus Corridor from Peshawar Morr (G-9) to New Islamabad International Airport until the Capital Mass Transit Authority becomes fully functional.

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A sub-committee headed by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Jehanzeb Khan was constituted to finalise the arrangements between CDA and the Punjab government for running buses on the newly-constructed metro-bus corridor.

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The CDA chairman requested the Punjab Mass Transit Authority to provide the buses to operationalise the newly constructed metro-bus corridor until the capital mass transit authority becomes functional.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr Ishrat Hussain, Additional Secretary Ministry of Interior Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, Managing Director Punjab Mass Transit Authority Mirza Naseer Inayat, Member NHA Arbab Ali, Secretary Finance Kamran Ali Afzal and other senior officers attended the meeting. The chief secretary Punjab joined the meeting through a video link.

The federal government directed the civic body to take over the project and asked the Interior Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, to devise a plan for the smooth transfer of the project to CDA.

The National Highway Authority (NHA) has handed over five metro stations to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) as well as a portion of the metro track from Peshawar Mor to the railway bridge.

In the second phase, NHA will hand over the remaining two stations and the main platform to CDA, following which the apex civic authority will run the metro bus service that will operate from Peshawar Mor to Islamabad International Airport (IIA).

CDA will install a ticketing and Information Technology (IT) system at the metro bus stations before starting the service.

The National Highway Authority completed the construction on the corridor and handed over the 26- kilometre long project to CDA.

The project has already been delayed by more than two years. Launched in January 2017, the metro bus project was to hit the ground running by August 2018.

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