Metro bus service to Islamabad airport set to start next month

Metro bus service to Islamabad airport set to start next month

Metro bus service to Islamabad airport set to start next month. At the end of this month, buses will arrive from China that will start bringing metro buses from Peshawar Mor to the Islamabad International Airport. This means that the much-anticipated service is likely to start in April.

Sources told us that the buses had been made and were being checked by a third party in China before they were sent to the United States. That’s what they said. They said the ship will start its journey to Karachi on March 15.

Booking a spot on a ship has already been done. It will start its journey from China to Karachi on March 15, an official source says. The ship is carrying buses for the Peshawar Mor to the Airport route.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had planned to start the service on March 23, but the manufacturing company didn’t have enough buses ready in time. The service won’t start until next month.

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An official in China says that right now, buses are going through a pre-shipment inspection.

Before long, the CDA had chosen the Higer Bus Company to buy 30 buses for them.

During March of last year, the CDA took over the metro bus project from the National Highway Authority (NHA). The federal government told the CDA to start a process to buy the buses, so they did.

As of 2020-21, the government has set aside Rs300 million for the project.

It turns out that Higer, a company in China, was the lowest bidder with a bid of Rs728 million for 30 buses.

People from the CDA said that the bids were opened in front of all three qualified bidders and the members of the Financial Evaluation Committee who were there.

They said that Foton and Auto Park had bid Rs33 million for one bus, while Master Motors Corporation had bid Rs29.8 million for each bus. A different company bid $24.2 million for each bus.

The sources say that as planned, 24 buses would go from Peshawar Mor to the N5 bus station near G.T. Road, and six more would go from N5 to the airport all the time.

However, they said that under a new plan, some of the buses will be going on the Islamabad Expressway to help commuters.

Command and control, ticketing, station management, cleanliness, and security systems are now being built for the metro track. The corridors and stations have already been built, but now they are being finished.

In March of last year, the NHA handed over the project to the CDA after it had been built.

In January 2017, the NHA started work on a 25.6-mile-long track from Peshawar Mor to IIA that cost Rs16 billion, or about $16 million. When the project was supposed to be done in August of 2018, it was done with its civil work last year.

There is no public bus service to the airport, which is 32 km away from Zero Point, right now.

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The new metro bus contractor is ramping up operations

The new metro bus contractor is ramping up operations

The new metro bus contractor is ramping up operations. The Punjab Masstransit Authority (PMA) is preparing to bid farewell to Turkish contractor Albayrak Group as a local contractor prepares to take over the Lahore Metro Bus service operations for the next eight years.

PMA General Manager Syed Uzair Shah revealed to The Express Tribune on Sunday that a local operator, Veda Transit Solutions, is set to take over the Lahore Metro Bus service operations in a couple of weeks. He noted that the new contractor had already bought 56 articulated buses measuring 18 meters in length for mass transport operations.

“The new contractor – a subsidiary of the Raaziq Group – is awaiting registration and examination of buses under the Vehicle Inspection and Certification System. Therefore, it is only a matter of days before the PMA notifies the Turkish contractor in writing to cease operations,” he stated.

In response to a question, he noted that protesting metro bus drivers desired that the new contractor hire them all, in addition to their demands for early payment of gratuity and bonus, as well as experience letters. By bringing the matter to the Turkish contractor’s attention, the authority satisfied one of the requirements by issuing experience letters to all drivers. He asserted that their other pending payment requests would also be paid, after which the PMA will reach a final settlement with the Turkish firm following the transfer of operations to the new contractor.

“The authority does not influence the private contractor’s recruitment policy. The new contractor is currently recruiting and serving new drivers to ensure the Lahore Metro Bus service runs well. However, we have requested that protesting drivers submit their demands in writing because there is a schism among them, and everyone is attempting to exert pressure on the company,” he said, adding that would meet all legitimate demands.

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Veda Transit Solutions obtained Rs2.6 billion earlier this month by signing a financing arrangement with a consortium of banks led by the Bank of Punjab to procure 64 new articulated buses for the Lahore Metro Bus operations.

The group began running mass transit in 2017 as a joint venture between Raaziq Group, Transit Associated, and Pakistan Catalyst Fund (JS Bank + USAID) to operate the Multan Metro Bus feeder project. After acquiring expertise in metro bus operations, it will now manage the Lahore Metro Bus service for the next eight years.

According to estimates, the domestic contract would save the government approximately Rs2 billion in cost savings and foreign exchange fluctuation. Additionally, it will produce about 500 jobs for residents.

Punjab’s administration has previously announced a plan to modernize the province’s public transportation infrastructure in all major cities. The Chief Minister, Sardar Usman Buzdar, held a meeting last week to discuss ideas for the inauguration of new public transportation systems in several cities. He also considered a plan to expand the usage of double-decker buses in major cities.

He asked concerned officials to make complete proposals for final approval at a regional cabinet meeting. Finally, he announced the government’s decision to establish eco-friendly electric buses in Lahore, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, and Faisalabad.

Earlier this year, the Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) bid farewell to Turkish contractors and the PMA appears set to follow suit, as the provincial government led by Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to slash exorbitantly high costs associated with contracts signed during the rule of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

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