The installation of girders on the pillars of elevated route of Multan Metro Bus Project has begun as the first girder was laid in Section-1 of the route at Northern Bypass on Wednesday.

The 110-ton heavy girder was lifted with the help of big cranes and placed atop the pillars. A large number of citizens turned up to view the installation of the girder, which was brought to the spot on a long trailer.

Talking to the media, Chief Engineer of the Project Sabid Khan Saddozai said that all the girders for the project had been constructed and their installation had also begun as the first installment of bearing pads was received from Europe. He disclosed that the construction companies had been directed to import the pads by cargo planes instead of ships as it would save time.

To a question, he said that both the girders and pillars needed 28 days after their completion so that they could gain strength. He declared that pillars between Northern by-pass and Daulat Gate Chowk as well as Vehari Chowk and Jinnah Park were completed and the citizens would notice a very positive change in Multan in coming days.

Meanwhile, Multan Development Authority Additional Director General Altaf Hussain Sariyo disclosed that 20 acre land had been acquired for bus depot near BZ University which cost the government Rs206.8 million. He added that the land had been acquired in Mauza Saleh Mahay area and it had been handed over to the project administration.