Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Shaukat Ali on Friday informed the National Assembly on Friday that the Metro Bus Project from Peshawar Morr (Kashmir Highway) to the New International Islamabad Airport would be made operational by March 23, next year.
During question hour in the Lower House, Shaukat Ali said the tender had already been floated for the procurement of buses and hoped that the procurement of buses would be completed within one month period.
Shaukat Ali told the House that the National Highway Authority (NHA) had completed the infrastructure while directives were also issued for finalising arrangements for ticketing system and security arrangements.
However, certain essential items and equipments such as ticketing system, security surveillance system, ITS, command & control centre, bus depot with ancillaries have not been undertaken by NHA but is required to operationalize the system, he added.
Parliamentary Secretary said that for the purpose a separate PC-1 was prepared by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and has been approved by the government.
Shaukat Ali said that certain works (included in the NHA Scope) is yet to be completed by the authority; such as (i) Road Safety worksi/c Signboards, (ii) Fixing of Cat-eyes & Lane marking, (iii) Missing Light Fittings & Fixtures, (iv) Lane Separation (N-5 to Airport Turning), (v) Walkthrough Gates and Luggage Scanners, (vi) Bathroom Fitting & fixtures, (vii) Park & Ride Facility Lighting, (viii) Data Cabin, (ix) Horticulture Works (x) IESCO, and other Utility Connections etc.
The Parliamentary Secretary said the Prime Minister, last year directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to take over the project.