Rawalpindi - Commissioner Rawalpindi/Coordinator of Metro Bus Service (MBS) Project, Zahid Saeed has realised the complexities associated with the multibillion rupee project at a time when it is almost near completion.

The coordinator, who is also holding the office of director general (DG) Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), said that sit-ins of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and excessive rains caused delay in completion of the project. However, the commissioner again failed to announce inauguration date of the project.

“In the start when we executed construction work of MBS project, I was thinking that this project is very easy and we will complete it within 10 months but I was wrong. Now, I am seeing and admitting how this project is complicated,” the commissioner said while talking to media persons during his visit to the construction site in Saddar area on Friday.

Chairman MBS Project Implementation Committee and ex-MNA Muhammad Hanif Abbasi and other officials of district government were also present on the occasion.

The commissioner said that CM Punjab has ordered all the construction companies to complete work on project soon. He said that he was astonished to know how the difficult project it was. He said, “In the start, I was taking this project very easy but now I came to know how complicated it is.” He added that the sit-ins of PTI and PAT and excessive rains in the twin cities led to delay in completion of MBS project. He said that normally twin cities received less rains but this year too much rains halted work on the project.

He said that a total of 350 CCTV cameras would be installed to monitor the activities. All these cameras would be connected with the Command and Control Room, he said and added, “On every MBS station, 10 focus and 3 down CCTV cameras would be installed.” A security company has been awarded the contract to guard the MBS project round the clock, he said.

On a query, he refused to announce any inaugural date of project saying, “The work on 23 stations have been completed while in Islamabad it will take time to execute construction work,” he said. The CM Punjab might visit the construction site on Sunday (tomorrow) and he could announce inauguration date, he added.