MULTAN - It was a pleasant surprise for the Multanites to see red busses running on the metro track as the project administration carried out the test drive on the newly-established 12.5 kilometre long elevated Metro route here on Tuesday.

The busses shuttled between Bahauddin Zakariya University and Metro rotary at Chungi No-9 and the engineers evaluated all technical aspects. “All the engineers have declared it a fully successful drive besides okaying the route and stations,” said Sabir Khan Saddozai, the Chief Engineer of the project, while talking to The Nation.

The project costs Rs28.50 billion and the provincial government is likely to kick it off in next couple of months. An 18.5 kilometre long track containing 21 stations has been constructed for the Multan Metro Bus. The government intends to launch a second phase of Multan Metro once the phase-1 becomes operational.

The Chief Engineer told the journalists that the buses would be run by Daewoo company and each citizen would be allowed to commute after purchasing Rs20 ticket.

In Lahore, metro bus service was inaugurated on February 10, 2013 whereas the test run of articulated 29 buses was conducted on December, 25, 2012 from Gajju Matta to Kalma Chowk Flyover.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif drove the bus from Chungi Amar Sidhu to Gajju Matta.

On June 4, 2015, metro bus was started in Islamabad with 14 metro bus terminals whereas 10 stations were made in Rawalpindi.

Earlier, Shehbaz Sharif announced to change the name of Rawalpindi metro bus service to Pakistan metro bus service, stating the people across Pakistan live in Islamabad.