Islamabad: The metro bus project from Peshawar Mor to New Islamabad Airport appears to be on track, with city officials preparing to put orders for 30 vehicles after opening financial bids.
On the order of the federal government, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) took over the project from the National Highway Authority in March of this year. The government has set around Rs300 million for this initiative in the fiscal year 2020-21.
The CDA’s technical committee has opened financial proposals from corporations, and an overseas firm – Higher Bus Company Limited – emerged as the lowest bidder with a Rs728 million bid for 30 buses.
Officials stated the lowest offer would be forwarded to CDA management for final approval, and then orders for buses would be placed with the lowest bidder. They said that buses will be provided within four months’ time.
They said 24 buses will run nonstop from Peshawar Mor to the N5 bus station at G.T. Road, while six others with extra luggage room would run nonstop from N5 to the airport.
The metro track’s corridors and stations had already been built, and now it was time to finish the command and control, ticketing, station administration, cleaning, and security systems. After completing the corridor and stations, the National Highway Authority (NHA) handed over the project to the CDA in March of this year.