Islamabad: Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Amir Ali Ahmad on Saturday (April 23) said that the 30 Orange Line Metro buses to run the newly-launched route between Peshawar Mor to Islamabad International Airport (IIA) will reach Islamabad in one month, news sources reported. The buses have left the Zhenjiang port in China and will reach Karachi in 18 days.
According to reports, during a tour of several bus terminals aboard the newly launched Orange Line Metro Bus, Amir stated that the buses will receive port clearance in one week and will arrive in Islamabad three days later. The administration has expanded the number of employees to ensure the seamless running of the bus service. He also stated that the authority has requested the National Highway Authority (NHA) to complete the project’s missing amenities prior to the formal inauguration of service. The CDA chairman stated that the CDA has taken the following measures to ensure the smooth running of the service:
- The trial bus service of the Faiz Ahmed Faiz station junction between the Islamabad metro bus service and the orange line has been completed
- The operation and maintenance of buses have been awarded to Faisal Movers at a rate of PKR 149/kilometre for the next 10 years. The contractor will provide service of no less than 60,000 kilometres per year
- PKR 880 million contract for the ticking system has been awarded to the ‘Enjoyer’
- PKR 2.98 billion maintenance contract has also been awarded to Enjoyer for the next 10 years
In addition, the chairman said that the junction between the Orange and Metro bus service at Faiz Ahmad Faiz station has been designed so that commuters won’t have to leave the station to board the second bus.