Deadlines are given for the completion of Peshawar Mor-New Airport Metro Bus project, and then the deadlines are not met. Three times it has happened and now yet again the deadline has been pushed forward by another three months and it is expected that the project will complete by March 2018.
As per an official privy to the project, both roads going towards New Islamabad International Airport through Thalian interchange and the Grand Trunk (GT) Road interchange can open by mid-January. The Islamabad Metro Bus project that is being developed to link the New Islamabad International Airport (NIIA) to rest of the capital was initially planned to be constructed by August 14, 2017. But both the airport and the metro project were delayed due to design changes and cost issues.
An official said, “The reduction in the construction cost of this project will make it one of the cheapest Metro projects in the country.”
The official added, “The project has already been delayed by three months mainly due to unexpected heavy showers and in finding a proper solution for protecting old sewerage and water pipes passing under Golra Mor and the National Highway Authority (NHA) took up the case with the Capital Development Authority (CDA).”
“Though the project was inaugurated in May this year, work on the project started with a delay from its scheduled date, therefore it was impossible to meet the deadline announced by the former prime minister (Nawaz Sharif).” said the official.
The second deadline announced for the completion of the project was November 22, which was again not met. Then December 31st was the third deadline set which is again extended to March 2018.
The official informed, “Due to the unexpected heavy rainfall in the capital, construction work was stopped for two months while a further 30 days were lost because the NHA had taken up the issue of underground utility pipes below the Golra Mor with the CDA.”
An NHA official Kashif Zaman confirmed the delay saying, “Work on the metro bus project is proceeding at full pace and hopefully will be completed by March 2018 as per the scheduled time.”