Govt increases metro bus fare by Rs10

New bus fare has been fixed at Rs30 for commuters of twin cities

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Iqbal Malik

RAWALPINDI

The Punjab government has increased the metro bus fare up to Rs10.

The announcement was made by Punjab Transport Minister Jahanzeb during a visit of the office of Regional Transport Authority (RTA) on Friday.

The minister also announced that the RTA will run the affairs of Pirwadhai bus terminal.

He said in term of fuel adjustment, transport fare across Punjab and on inter-city routes would be increased and a notification in this connection will soon be issued.

He said that the government was giving a subsidy to run metro buses and the increase in fare aimed to end the support to commuters.

The metro bus fare was Rs20 earlier which has been increased by Rs10 and the new bus fare has been fixed at Rs30.

RTA Secretary Khalid YameenSatti, motor vehicle examiners Mian Zahid Bashir and ShaukatAbbasi, Superintendent Asif Khan, RanaSadaqat and other officials were also present there.

The transport minister said other public transport fares are also being increased. He said to facilitate public, the Pirwadhai bus terminal will be given the second category from December 1.

The RTA secretary expressed his satisfaction over the arrangements made by the transport authority in Rawalpindi. He said work to introduce a new transport system was in progress to facilitate common public.

Meanwhile,the new government has launched a probe into the corruption made during the construction of the expensive bus project, the fate of an extension of the existing metro bus project from Peshawar Mor to the Islamabad airport hangs in the balance.

The previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government had decided to extend the metro bus service — which connects Rawalpindi with Islamabad — to the new Islamabad airport to facilitate passengers. Work on the Rs16.43 billion project had begun in April 2017 and was slated to be completed at around the same time as the IIA — August 2017. However, it has since run into snags, delaying its completion.

 

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