Punjab govt asked to provide Metro buses to CDA
ISLAMABAD-Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Friday has stressed upon the Punjab Government to support the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to operationalise the Metro-bus Corridor from Peshawar Morr (G-9) to New Islamabad International Airport by providing the requisite number of buses.
Finance Minister has also asked the Punjab Government to provide technical know-how until the Capital Development Authority establishes its own fully functional Mass Transit Authority along with all the allied infrastructure and wherewithal. He made these remarks while chairing a meeting of the Committee to decide about the modalities for operationalising the Metro-bus Corridor from Peshawar Morr (G-9) to New Islamabad International Airport.
The Chairman CDA emphasized upon the need to operationalise the Metro-bus Corridor from Peshawar Morr (G-9) to New Islamabad International Airport immediately for providing a comfortable, safe and secure transportation facility to the commuters in the Capital City. He informed the meeting that the Cabinet had already approved formation of Capital Mass Transit Authority (CMTA) to run the Metro Bus Service from Peshawar Morr (G-9) to the New Islamabad International Airport. However, the CDA required support from the Punjab Mass Transit Authority in the form of buses and technical know-how to make the Corridor operational immediately. Accordingly, the Chairman CDA requested the Punjab Mass Transit Authority to provide the buses to operationalise the newly constructed Metro-bus Corridor from Peshawar Morr (G-9) to New Islamabad International Airport until the Capital Mass Transit Authority becomes fully functional. A Sub-Committee headed by the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission was constituted to finalize the arrangements between CDA and the Punjab Government for running buses on the newly constructed Metro-bus Corridor.
Advisor to the PM on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Chairman CDA Aamir Ali Ahmed, Additional Interior Secretary Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan, Managing Director Punjab Mass Transit Authority Mirza Naseer Inayat, Member National Highway Authority Arbab Ali, Secretary Finance Kamran Ali Afzal and other senior officials attended the meeting. The Chief Secretary Punjab joined the meeting through a video link.