LAHORE - In the provincial metropolis a new bus service is being inaugurated in the City today (28th June) while an agreement is also being made with a Chinese company for getting air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned CNG buses.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif stated this after a briefing given by Chinese Company, Yunma Aircraft Manufacturing Company regarding provision of buses at Chief Ministers Secretariat, here on Saturday.
MPA Hafiz Mian Nauman, Chairman Taskforce Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, Secretary Transport and Finance, Chairman Lahore Transport Company Tasneem Norani, DIG Traffic and concerned officers were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said a comprehensive system has been evolved for provision of better transport facilities to the people in big cities of the province and for this purpose, subsidy is also being given to the operators.
He asked the representatives of Chinese Company to provide and operate the buses.
He said such fare should be fixed for these buses as would be affordable by the commuters.
He said the company should also construct separate lanes for the buses.
He said he will feel pleasure by signing a memorandum of understanding between Punjab and Chinese company for providing better transport facilities and it is best opportunity of investment for Chinese company, which will result in further expansion of cooperation between Punjab and China.
He said half of the buses being provided to Punjab should be air-conditioned.
He said Punjab government would provide all possible facilities to the Chinese company.
Earlier, Secretary Transport while giving details about Chinese company informed that company will provide 2000 CNG buses in different phases and an agreement is being finalised with the company in this regard.
He informed that under the agreement, the company would provide 700 buses during September to December this year while 500 buses to be provided during January to June 2010.
Similarly, 500 buses would be received during July to December 2010 and 300 buses between January to March 2011.
He said company would also set up five CNG stations for these buses.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting on installation of water filtration plants under Clean Drinking Water For All Programme in Punjab sponsored mainly by the Federal Government.
Federal Secretary for Special Initiatives, Shafqat Hussain Naghmi gave a detailed briefing regarding potable water project in the province.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 28-Jun-2009 here.