Islamabad: The government on Tuesday notified its decision to establish the Capital Mass Transit Authority for the city, a news source reported. According to the details revealed, the new authority would be responsible for managing the operations of the Metro Bus Service which will offer commute services from Peshawar Mor to the Islamabad International Airport (IIA).
Sources said that the Capital Mass Transit Authority would have a 13-member board – to be headed by Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed. They added that until the formation of the authority, CDA itself would continue its efforts for procuring buses for the metro service to IIA.
CDA did not have the authority to run a bus service prior to the establishment of the said authority. Therefore, the civic agency reached out to the Interior Ministry for moving a summary to the cabinet for establishing the new transit authority. Meanwhile, the ministry approved the PC-1 prepared by CDA for procuring 30 buses, along with management and maintenance of the metro bus service.
According to reports, the new transit authority would own, control, maintain, and develop the corridor, stations, depot, and other ancillary facilities for the metro bus service between Peshawar Mor and IIA. The new authority will also plan, construct, operate, and maintain the corridor for the project’s future expansion, they added. They further explained that it would also enter into contracts, make arrangements, and perform other tasks pertaining to the function of the service.