You must have heard in the news that Islamabad/Rawalpindi metro bus service is the most expensive in the world. Here are more shocking figures and comparison between all Metro Bus Services in Pakistan.
About Islamabad/Rawalpindi And Other Metro Services
All the Metro Bus projects including Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Lahore and Multan were planned and delivered by Punjab government; and the Islamabad Metro project is classed as the world’s most expensive Metro Bus service.
According to dawn news, half of the Metro Bus fleet is un-utilized in twin cities, this happened because of poor planning and research. There was no ballpark estimate which could keep the costs low, the estimated number of people who were expected to travel on Metro buses was unnecessarily overwhelmed, a lot less people are travelling on Metro buses currently.
Because of all this, government is pouring more subsidy into the system in order to keep it running. Even to initiate Islamabad/Rawalpindi Metro project, government sought to cut healthcare and development budget and allocated those funds to this project.
Trans Peshawar Metro Bus Service
Asian development bank has been involved in planning “Trans Peshawar” which is expected to be started next month, Asian Development Bank will provide funding to Peshawar Trans project.
It is estimated that the Trans Peshawar project will cost 60% less than Islamabad/Rawalpindi metro project. In comparison to Lahore, Islamabad, and Multan Metro service which are entirely operating on a single route, Peshawar Metro will operate 8 different routes across the city with a fleet of 450 buses. It is also estimated that Trans Peshawar will facilitate 4.5 million commuters.
On top of all, Trans Peshawar will not receive any subsidy from the government, it will be one of a kind project in the world which will not receive any subsidy, said Chief Minister KPK.
Source: dawn, 92 News,