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Punjab cabinet approves extension of metro bus project to four cities


LAHORE:The Provincial Cabinet in Punjab approved the metro bus project for twin cities of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan, Express News reported on Saturday.
The cabinet was led by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Twin cities
On January 22, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar had assured local businessmen that a metro bus project for Rawalpindi would be completed in just 11 months.
He said the provincial government would also improve the road networks of the city soon. However, he did not mention how much had been allocated for the project and when it will be launched.
The estimated cost of Islamabad’s section was worked out at Rs15 billion. The interested firms were asked to submit the required documents to take part in the pre-qualification process.
Lahore
The country’s first metro bus service was inaugurated on February 10 in Lahore last year.
The project, which cost roughly Rs30 billion, was completed in the short span of one year. Under the service, 115 metro buses, with a capacity three times that of ordinary buses, run along a 27km corridor, from Gajju Matta to Shahdra, in Lahore.

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