Metro bus service is a mega project that was initiated and implemented by the previous government in Pakistan. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government will continue the project but has decided to make changes to it. PTI plans to make metro bus service self-sustainable and minimize its reliance on government funds and subsidies.
PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said, “As huge money has been spent on metro bus projects in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, and Multan, it would not be a wise decision to halt its operations.”
Fawad Chaudhry said that the metro bus service comes under the provincial government’s jurisdiction. After Imran Khan takes oath as the Prime Minister of Pakistan he will be briefed about the project. Chaudhry said that as government subsidies are being wasted on the service, it needs to be reduced. He claimed that on Islamabad-Rawalpindi metro bus services Rs 2 billion subsidies are spent yearly.
So PTI government will look for a different option to reduce the metro project’s reliance on the government and make it self-reliant. They may increase the fare and run it on the Bus Rapid Transit system (Peshawar-BRT) model.
The government subsidies will not be given to the BRT project as it will operate on 8 different routes all over the city. It is pertinent to mention here that Islamabad and Multan metro service just operate on a single route. BRT Project is set to facilitate around 4.5 million commuters.
To make the service sustainable the fare of the service will be increased from Rs 20 to Rs 40-50 per passenger. Presently the federal government pays 60% of the metro bus service subsidy and Punjab government pays the rest. But it seems the governance system will change as PTI comes into power.
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