LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif laid the foundation stone of first Bus Rapid Transit System at Ferozepur Road here on Sunday. In the first phase, 27 kilometer long track will be laid from Gajjumata to Shahdara and this project will be completed in collaboration with Turk companies.

Talking to media on this occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said transport system was being organised on modern lines in Lahore and other big cities of the province on the pattern of developed countries. He said an agreement had been made with Turkish firm for reserving a lane for bus in Lahore in the first phase.

He disclosed that 15 kilometer long portion under Bus Rapid Transit System would be completed in the February / March next year. He said safe and rapid transport facility would be available to the people through this project. The chief minister said an agreement had also been made in the solid waste management sector with the cooperation of Turkish companies in the provincial metropolis which will be implemented in the next February.

He expressed his gratitude to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas and technical institutions on the cooperation in different sectors by various companies of Turkey. He said the gratitude over the role being played by Turkish brethren in development of various sectors cannot be expressed in words.

Talking on this occasion, representative of Albaraka Company of Turkey Mustafa Metin Yazar expressing his pleasure over launching of bus rapid transit system in Lahore expressed the hope that Turkish companies would complete this project at the earliest. He said this project was not a commercial enterprise but was an agreement of cooperation between two brothers. A 6-member delegation from Turkey, Chairman Lahore Transport Company Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan and Commissioner and DCO Lahore were also present in the inaugural function.

Earlier, representatives of Turk companies met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and gave a detailed briefing with regard to important aspects of this project. Chairman Lahore Transport Company Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretaries of Transport and Finance were also present on the occasion.