LAHORE - Weeks before the PML-N government would take over the Punjab province for the second five-year term, the authorities have finalised the traffic management plan for the metro bus track II and III.

The track-II has been designed from MAO College to Thokar Niaz Baig and track-III from Azadi Chowk to Baghbanpura. “We have completed the survey in-depth to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the routes during the construction period,” Chief Traffic Officer, Sohail Chaudhry, said on Thursday.

The police would have to divert the traffic at multiple points to facilitate the movement of giant machinery. Hundreds of traffic wardens would be deployed on both sides of each track to help motorists about the alternative routes. The traffic police chief also said that the construction work would begin shortly, as more than 850 traffic policemen would be deployed on the identified spots to avoid traffic mess.

Since the construction work on the project would be in full swing during the upcoming monsoon season, we are not going to repeat the past mistakes. Sohail Chaudhry further says they have planned the traffic management plan keeping in view the experience of the track-I, the first ever bus rapid transit (BRT) system in the country.  To maintain smooth flow of traffic during the construction will be our top priority. It is big challenge as well and we fully prepared also, he said confidently. The plan was prepared after considering multiple options and suggestions. We will put a comprehensive plan in practice. The police officer said that all type of obstacles and encroachments would be removed before the police deployment on the diversion points.  The traffic wardens on the routes would not only maintain smooth flow of vehicles but also they would be duty-bound to educate the motorists about the alternative routes at the diversion points.

The traffic police vehicles would remain on petrol on the route in order to ensure uninterrupted movement of the vehicle particularly during the working hours.  The first section, which consists of a 27-kilometres long route and 29 bus stations between Gajumata and Shahdara, had been opened by Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at an elaborate event in February this year.

The route covers dozens of residential and commercial localities along the city’s main artery – Ferozepur road linking Lytton road, Jain Mandar, MAO College, Lower Mall, Civil Secretariat, Aiwan-i-Adal, Chowk Katchehry (District Courts), Shrine of Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh, Ravi Road, and Shahdara town.

The next Punjab government is likely to allocate sufficient amount in the budget 2013-14 for the expansion of the metro bus project, sources said.