Shehbaz Sharif, the newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, remarked the country’s path of growth has begun from where it was stopped after their last government ended. He promised to accelerate the implementation of core public schemes during his speech at the inauguration of the Metro Bus project from Peshawar Morr to Islamabad International Airport. This resumed shuttle project was assumed to become functional in 2018 but did not get any attention from the previous government. However, within five days of taking over the power, it is immediately launched by the PM Shahbaz Sharif. Metro Bus Service Islamabad is going to facilitate more than 50,000 daily passengers who will get the benefit of the immediate execution of the project which is about 25.6 miles long. The reinstitution of the project was aimed to lower the cost from 16 billion but the route plan for the capital city was declined all of a sudden which cost the government huge losses to project enactment. The Prime Minister and his management shared their previous achievements while mentioning that they also started public transportation projects in Punjab’s most populated cities like Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Multan during their previous ruling tenure.
Chairman of the Capital Development Authority Engineer Farkhand Iqbal, elaborated that in addition to the four that are currently serving as airport shuttles, 15 orange-colored buses will be added on the routes of Islamabad Airport to Peshawar Morr. The online bus ticket system has also been developed which is fully equipped but we are waiting for the official order of the Prime Minister to make it functional. A smartphone app would also be developed which will share the routes and timings of the shuttles’ arrivals and departures every five minutes and 25 minutes, he added.
Another project named Rawat-Islamabad Airport will soon be served by a new blue line bus service. PM Shahbaz Sharif himself then took a ride on the shuttle system on the recently extended pathway, attended by Turkey’s ambassador Mustafa Yardakul, Pang Chunxue, China’s charge d’affaires, and several lawmakers named Ali Wazir, Marriyum Aurangzeb, and others. the Islamabad metro bus will hold orange skin for its route coding. 25-30 minutes would be taken to get from N5 to the NHA station for a trip from N5 to the airport. The shuttle service will cover a distance of 11 miles.