PM Nawaz inaugurates the MetroBus Project in Islamabad

Today Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the MetroBus Project between the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The project is expected to carry over 125,000 commuters a day between the two cities. Most middle class people working in government and private sector currently use private transport to get to work. Most of these vans are overcrowded and lack air conditioning which tires the people before they reach to work.


The project is completed at the cost of Rs. 44 billion in eighteen months. Members of political parties, chief ministers and diplomats were invited to attend the opening ceremony. PM Nawaz Sharif remarked that this is the changing Pakistan where facilities are provided to middle class people to have a decent life. Many opposition politicians opposed the project as a waste of time but the success of Lahore MetroBus motivated CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to embark on it.

Leader of PTI Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi commented on the inauguration that development of infrastructure is important for the progress of the country. But he said that it is important that transparency is maintained in award of projects and best product sought for the public funds. He said that KP government should also initiate a mass transit project for Peshawar and deliver it with better quality. He said that competition between parties should be for better delivery of governance rather than political point scoring. Mr. Kundi commented that projects should be decided on the basis of social benefits as well as economic return.

Member parliament of PTI Asad Umar commented on the project that the money spent on MetroBus could have been better utilized because many public hospitals, schools and law enforcement needed resources. Asad Umar said that a public hearing should have been organized to find out if people wanted MetroBus or not as it is a high capital incentive project.

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