The high-ups of City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) and contractors are not playing an efficient role to complete the construction work of Metro Bus Service (MBS) project as early as possible.

The construction work on different phases of MBS project from Saddar to Faizabad is going on at a slow pace. No progress in construction work has been seen even after the city administrators and public elected representatives gave fresh deadline of March 31 for inauguration of the project.

The delay is causing immense troubles for commuters, public and students of different schools, colleges and universities located along Benazir Bhutto Road.

Students of Pir Mehar Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (PMAS-AAUR), Rawalpindi Arts Council, Government Girls Degree College Shamasabad and Government Girls Degree College Dhoke Kala Khan, and Government Postgraduate College for Women 6th Road are facing troubles in reaching their institutions.

Moreover, the traders, shopkeepers and residents, who are either running businesses or living in streets and towns along Benazir Bhutto Road are also in hot waters due to rainwater-filled ditches, mud and traffic influx.

The residents while talking to The Nation invited commissioner Rawalpindi, ex-MNA Muhammad Hanif Abbasi and contractors to have a walk with them from Saddar to Faizabad to experience public maladies instead of sitting in offices and issuing wrong reports regarding MBS project in media.

Several people including traders, shopkeepers, students, transporters, private transport owners, passengers and locals on Wednesday, lashed out at Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed, Chairman MBS Project Implementation Committee Muhammad Hanif Abbasi and the contractors for showing negligence towards the blunders being committed by the contractors.

They said that the PM could not fulfil his promise of completing the MBS project in record ten months and even not bothered to pay a visit to the site to review pace of work; rather he was relying on reports submitted by the CDGR and contractors.

Shabbir Khan, a trader, said that Benazir Bhutto Road has become a hell for all kinds of movement owing to delay in completion of the MBS project. “The huge-sized ditches filled with rainwater, scattered iron and rubble, and slow pace of work have made our lives difficult and ruined our businesses,” he said.

A lawyer Shehzad Rajpoot, who was stuck in traffic jam at Mareer Chowk, cursed the government saying, “No proper planning is adopted by the contractors during construction work of MBS project. Look here, the contractors dug up Mareer Chowk from one side and carpeting it on the other side, leaving no space for traffic movement,” he said.

Zamir Khan, Asim Ali, Sehrish Bibi and Khan Nawaz, the passengers, said they have been facing troubles in finding public transport on Benazir Bhutto Road as transporters avoid plying their vehicles owing dilapidated condition of roads.

“It has been very hard and impossible to reach our educational institutions while moving on roads submerged with rainwater and full of piles of mud, soil and construction rubble, iron and other stuff,” said many students while talking to The Nation.

The residents, students, passengers, lawyers, transporters and traders demanded of the CDGR to complete this construction project at a fast pace.

Commissioner Zahid Saeed, who is coordinator of MBS project, and ex-MNA Muhammad Hanif Abbasi had not responded to several phone calls made by this scribe to know their version over delay in completion of MBS project.