In order to resolve transportation issues in the twin cities of Pakistan, the metro bus service was introduced. It provided an affordable signal-free ride to the public. Similar to this service another bus project Islamabad Bus Service was in the pipeline. Now due to the lack of funds, the project is just lost.
In 2017, Capital Development Authority (CDA) invited companies and stakeholders for operation, supervision, and maintenance of buses for IBS project. Four private companies showed interest in working on the project. Six routes were selected for the transport program.
The proposed routes were
- Rawat to Faisal Masjid through the Islamabad Expressway
- Bara Kahu to Margalla Road through Seventh Avenue
- Pir Wadhai Chowk to IJP Metro Station through IJP Road
- Nilore to Khanna Bridge through the Islamabad Highway
- Tramri Chowk or Lahtrar Road to Aabpara through Park Road
- Golra Chowk to Chaman Metro Station through the Kashmir Highway
Despite these proposed routes on the project, the work stopped as the Islamabad High Court expelled Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) Mayor Sheikh Anser Aziz from his dual post of CDA Chairman on December 2017.
The reason, this project has been stopped is because the funds are not enough.
The metro project that connects Rawalpindi & Islamabad was being extended from Peshawar Morr to the new airport. But the project is just stuck.
The mayor said, “To run the IBS professionally, the IMC would need to develop the operational framework, management policies and procedure in consultation with the CDA.”
It is pertinent to mention here that National Geographic TV will video-graph the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Peshawar. A team will be sent to the provincial capital of KPK to video-graph the mega project.