ISLAMABAD: The construction work on multi-billion mass transit Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project, that aims to cater the transport problem in the twin cities, is going on a smooth pace.
An official of the project while talking to APP said that so far around two-thirds of the work has been completed since the launch of the project on March 23rd this year.
Giving details of the project, he told that as many as three companies were carrying out the construction work of Metro project at their respective sites adding that the speed of the construction work was satisfactory.
Responding to a question, he said that the project would be completed by the end of this year as per target that would benefit thousands of passengers in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The construction work is in full swing as all the companies have almost completed the process of erecting pillars on the 8.6-kilometer elevated track from Flashman Chowk Saddar to Faizabad, he added.
He said that after the approval by the Planning Commission the work on Metro Bus Depot Project being constructed on 15 acres of land at H-9 sector of the Capital near Peshawar Mor was also going on at a fast pace. The depot would accommodate more than 64 buses besides housing a restaurant, diesel filling station, service station and workshops.
He said the go-ahead approval from the Planning Commission had put the depot project on a swift track. A total of 64 buses would ply on the metro bus route, while over 50 buses would be parked in the depot at night time, the official added.
Residents of the twin cities have also high hopes from the project that would help solving their traveling problems between the twin cities.
While facing hardships due to the construction work on the main Murree Road, the residents have also termed it a temporary inconvenience that would turn into blessing after its completion.
The project starting from near Flashman Hotel on Mall Road Rawalpindi and as per plan following the existing Murree Road upto Faizabad, will turn left into the Federal territory and follow I.J.P. Road up to 9th Avenue. Then, it will turn right and follow the 9th Avenue in Islamabad.
Thereafter, it will turn right on Jinnah Avenue upto the end of Blue Area.
From Blue Area a connection to Secretariat stop will be provided through the open space behind parade ground.
It will cross the Constitution Avenue and another couple of main roads through underpasses.