LAHORE, (SANA): Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif Sunday along with Mian Nawaz Sharif and Turkish Deputy Prime Minister inaugurated the Metro Bus Service here in Lahore in an elegant ceremony.
A high-level Turkish delegation, led by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister participated in the inaugural ceremony of Metro Bus Service project.
This project has been built at a cost of Rs 30 billion in record time of only eleven months. Due to metro bus service, the 27-kilometer long journey from Gajjumata to Shahdara, which took two hours, would now be covered in just 55 minutes.
Metro bus service would be free of charge for the general public for the first four weeks. A modern e-ticketing system has been introduced for the bus project, which would have special reserved seats for women and the disabled.
Punjab Metro Bus Authority has been formulated to run the administrative matters of metro bus system, while an agreement has been made with Lahore Waste Management Company to ensure modern sanitation system at its routes.
Foolproof security arrangements have also been made on the route. Punjab government has completed this quality-oriented great development project in a record period, with its own resources and cooperation of Turkey. Under the policy of Punjab government, the whole process of construction of metro bus system has been kept completely transparent.
PML-N President Mian Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Maryam Nawaz, Hamza Shahabz, American Consulate Nina Maria, Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan Sharad Sabhrwal Saudi Ambassador in Pakistan Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Al-Ghadir, JI secretary General Liaqat Baloch, Nawabzada Tallat Akbar Bugti, Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan, JUI-F Secretary General Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haidery, Humayun Akhtar Khan, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Tehmina Daultana, Dost Muhammad Khosa, Kashmala Tariq, Chief Secretary Punjab Sardar Nasir Mahmood Khosa and others attended the inaugural ceremony.
Special guests at the event, including the Punjab chief minister and the PML-N President, traveled 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. The entourage comprised on five buses.
A modern e-ticketing system has been introduced for the bus project, which would have special reserved seats for women and the disabled.
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.
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.
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.
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