LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday announced that the Metro Bus project was in the final stages of completion, adding that modern and comfortable metro buses would soon be made operational for the benefit of the masses. Speaking to journalists after visiting various sections of the Metro Bus project, the chief minister said that the project would be completed within the stipulated period of 11 months, adding that a similar project took two years for completion in Turkey. Shahbaz further said that he was satisfied with the successful test launch of the Metro Bus, adding that Metro Bus was a revolutionary effort in changing the transport system of the city.
The chief minister lauded the efforts of construction workers who were working round-the-clock during winters to finish the mega-project. He further said that the Metro Bus project was a historic achievement by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government in Punjab. Shahbaz inspected construction work of Metro Bus project from Gajjumata to Azadi Chowk and directed authorities concerned to complete the installation of escalators expeditiously while the work on provision of facilities at the stations should be completed within the fixed period. The Chief Minister also visited the bus depot being constructed for metro buses and also inspected the buses stationed there. He said that all necessary facilities should be made available at the bus depot.
He also inspected the newly-constructed bridge along Lahore Bridge. He visited Kalma Chowk underpass project and took a briefing regarding the pace of work. He directed authorities concerned that the completion of Kalma Chowk underpass project within stipulated period should be ensured at any cost and LESCO authorities should be contacted for the immediate shifting of electric poles and wires.
The Chief Minister also gave instructions for horticulture and landscaping on the route of Metro Bus.