ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday directed concerned authorities to immediately build Metro Bus link from Islamabad to the new airport that will be inaugurated on August 14 this year.
He issued this order while chairing a meeting, said an official statement.
The metro bus link starting from Peshawar More of Islamabad will cost Rs18 billion. It will pass on the Kashmir High to reach the new Islamabad International airport.
The prime minister said he would inaugurate both the metro bus link with the similar facility in Islamabad and the new airport on Aug 14.
He was informed that the metro bus link would comprise 14 bus stops along the route, which, he said, will ease the traffic load towards the new airport and save precious time of the commuters with ease of travel and comfort.
Sharif directed that the metro bus service to the new airport should be state-of-the-art service and no compromise on the quality of work and service be made.
The Secretary of the Communications Ministry and Chairman of the National Highway Authority (NHA) Shahid Ashraf Tarar briefed the premier on the progress of ongoing road network projects.
Sharif stated that road networks are essential to the overall socio-economic development of Pakistan and to provide access to far flung areas thereby creating huge economic potential for trade and commerce.
The new metro bus link will be connected with the existing similar facility between Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The present metro bus service is catering to over 100,000 commuters daily and is charging just Rs20, which is far less fare compared to other modes of transport.