LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the work on Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) was going on round the clock and hopefully the project would be completed by December.

Talking to a delegation of a Turkish company on Wednesday, the chief minister termed the project unique and splendid. He said fare of service would be within reach of the common man while, free of charge travelling would be provided to the citizens in first four weeks after the project had been formally launched.

Detailed exchange of views on the operational matters and development work of BRTS was held during the meeting.

The chief minister said order had been passed to the concerned departments and the contractors not to stop construction work on the project even during the Eid holidays and giving special incentives to the workers as well as by hiring services of the non-Muslims for this purpose.

Shahbaz said temporary difficulties being faced by the citizens would soon be over. He said the Punjab government would also extend subsidy to provide quality and modern travelling facilities to the masses.

He said toilets on BRTS route were also being constructed while the master trainers of Turkish company would come to the City to impart training to the local drivers of the metro buses.

The chief minister promised to launch BRTS in other parts of the country if people gave the PML-N chance to serve them through next elections.

The delegation expressed complete satisfaction over the pace of the work on the project and assured of its completion by December.

“Only a few countries in the world have the facility such a modern bus service and with the launching of the project in Punjab, the traditional concept of public transport would completely be changed and a significant transformation in the travelling style of the public would come about,” they added.

The members of the Turkish delegation included Ilyas Albayrak, Busra Buran, Abdullah Ozcanli, Tariq Dundar, Sahin Erdogan and Saadi Yildarir. BRTS Project Director Sibtain Fazal Haleem was also present on the occasion.

The chief minister announced to double the Green Tractors Scheme quota for the tribal areas of Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur.

Presiding over a high-level meeting, the chief minister said now instead of 22 tractors, about 44 tractors would be distributed among farmers of these districts. He said, like other areas of Punjab, in these tribal areas, distribution of tractors would also be made through transparent balloting, and only the farmers from the tribal areas of DG Khan and Rajanpur would be eligible.

Shahbaz directed the agriculture secretary that following balloting, no time should be taken to supply tractors to the farmers of the said areas. He further directed that the whole process should be completed in a transparent manner.