LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over the 6thmeeting of Punjab Metro Bus Authority on Wednesday which gave approval to various matters pertaining to the authority.

The Punjab Metro Bus Authority managing director gave a briefing on the matters relating to the authority while Commissioner Rawalpindi Division informed the meeting about the progress on Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus project.

The meeting gave approval to changing the name of Punjab Metro Bus Authority to Punjab Mass Transit Authority and an amendment will be made in the act of Punjab Metro Bus Authority for renaming it as Punjab Mass Transit Authority.

Approval was also given in the meeting to give the contract of cleanliness of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus project to Rawalpindi Waste Management Company while Punjab Metro Bus Authority will be responsible for the operational management and maintenance of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus project. The meeting also granted approval to operating feeder routes on the route of Lahore Metro Bus project.

Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government was implementing a revolutionary programme for the provision of modern, safe and economical travelling facilities to the masses and effective measures have been taken for the improvement of transport system.

He said that more than 1.5 lakh people are benefiting daily from the splendid project of metro bus in Lahore which has also given a new identity to the city. He said that the measures adopted for improvement of transport system had yielded positive results. He said that Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus project is in the final stages of completion and 68 buses will be plied on the route. He said that Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus project will result in provision of speedy and economical traveling facilities to the people of the twin cities.

The chief minister said that initial preparations have also been started for metro bus project in Faisalabad while the foundation stone of metro bus project in Multan will soon be laid.

Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project Chairman Hanif Abbasi, Members National Assembly Waheed Alam Khan, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Members Provincial Assembly Ramzan Sidduque Bhatti, Imran Nazir and former MPA Hafiz Mian Nauman Ahmad were also present.