By Ali Imran
ISLAMABAD: In line with direction of the government, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has prepared a model for operationaliztion of Metro Bus System from Peshawar Morr to New Islamabad Airport. A meeting in this regard was held in the office of Special Assistant to Prime Minister on CDA where modalities of this model were discussed.
The model of the metro bus service includes Fleet acquisition, IT, Security Surveillance and AFC System Acquisition, Construction of Allied Infrastructure i/c Command and Control Centre. Operation & Maintenance to be outsourced through four (04) different Service Contracts. Furthermore, preliminary cost estimation including CAPEX & OPEX are also part of the model. The Initial estimations show a deficit of Rs.273.32 million/year which shall be capped by the Federal Government/CDA.
The model for the metro bus service further includes Operations of 30-New Air-conditioned Buses plying on a Fixed Time Schedule. Electric/Environmental friendly buses will be preferred for Islamabad. In this
connection, support and cooperation of Economic Affairs Division (EAD) has also been sought.
Final decision regarding operationalization of Metro Bus System will be taken by government in due course.