Islamabad: Citizens of the capital may see their dreams of having a decent public transport come true after the Capital Development Authority (CDA) decided to launch a bus service in the city within five months.
The Development Working Party (DWP) of the civic body, which met with CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed in the chair, approved PC-Is of eight projects, including Islamabad Bus Service.
At present, there is no public bus service in capital city while the metro bus service plies on one designated route. In the 1980s, buses of the Government Transport Service (GTS) were available and later a private company, Varan, launched its buses, but the service was discontinued after some years.
Meanwhile, the DWP also approved another project worth Rs 40 million under which 115 public toilets would be built in different locations of the city.
It also gave a go-ahead to the procurement of modern machinery to strengthen the sanitation department at the cost of Rs 689 million. According to PC-I, the project will be completed within six months.
In addition, the CDA-DWP approved Rs 20 million for a feasibility of Smart City and consented to launching YouTube and FM radio channels to increase communication between the civic body and public.