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1 Lahore Metro Bus Project Heading For On Time Completion Opportunities | admin | November 19, 2012 12:16 pm Punjab

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has directed that the construction work of Metro Bus Project should be completed within the stipulated period as no compromise will be made on the timeline given to the contractors. He also said metro buses will reach Pakistan by the end of the current month; he wants to give the gift of metro bus service to the people as soon as possible. He was presiding over a meeting to review the pace of construction work on Metro Bus Project. Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmed Hasan, Members Provincial Assembly Mehr Ishtiaq Ahmed, Dr Saeed Elahi, Hafiz Muhammad Nauman, Chairman Planning and Development, Project Director BRT, Secretary Information, Commissioner Lahore Division, District Co-ordination Officer Lahore, Director General LDA and concerned officials were present. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said metro bus is a unique project of public welfare, which has taken the form of a mission. He said work on the project should be accelerated with a missionary spirit. He disclosed that 11 parks and ride stations will be set up on the route of metro bus service. Issuing instructions to provide complete security at parks and ride stations, he said every moment is precious and all out resources should be utilized for the early completion of the project. No delay will be tolerated in the completion of the project. There is also a need to expedite work on the construction of special depot for metro buses. Metro bus is a splendid project and a milestone in the transport history. The Punjab government is fully aware of the problems being faced by the citizens due to the construction work; however, I am grateful to them for their cooperation, he added. He directed the traffic police authorities to evolve better planning for maintaining the flow of traffic on BRT route. The Chief Minister directed the P&D Chairman that case study of the project should be conducted and a comprehensive report be prepared from the launching of the project till its completion after reviewing all affairs. Later, he met the contractors working on various sections of Metro Bus Project and issued instructions to them to further accelerate the pace of work as the timeline will not be extended. He appreciated the work of the contractor working on the rotary of MAO College. The PHA DG gave a briefing to the Chief Minister on horticulture on the route of the project. He said beautiful horticulture and landscaping be made on the route. He further stated that stations should be beautified and a detailed briefing should be given to him after completing the project within seven days. He directed PHA DG to consider outsourcing the sites of horticulture and landscaping.

2 Lahore Metro Bus System From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This article is about an overpass. For a flyover, see Lahore Metro. This is the longest constructed bridge in South Asia [1] The Lahore Metro Bus System is a Bus system being built in Lahore, Pakistan. This project is being built in collaboration with Istanbul. When completed, it will consist of 32-kilometre-long lane of the Metro Bus Service, from Kahna to Shahadra, Lahore Transport Company (LTC) has defined two corridors, on which the Bus Transit will run: Ferozepur Road line extending 28 kms and Multan Road Line extending 12 kms. The project will be implemented on Build-Operate-Transfer basis. Approximate cost of this project is Rs.21 Billion. Work on the project is in full swing. The project includes elevated road from Kalma chowk to Bhati Gate. Chief Minister has given December end as the deadline to complete the project. Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas announced a gift of 100 buses and inaugurated the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. As of September, the project will have 27 stations on 32 kilometre line.9 km of it would be elevated and 23 km will be on ground. Due to several changes Lahore metro bus system has been delayed and the completion date is in December, 2012. In a news report, 84 escalators will be installed. Transport in Lahore Lahore Metro Metrobus (Istanbul)

Lahore Metro
Locale Lahore, Pakistan Transit type Rapid transit

Number of lines 4 Number of stations Operator(s) 60

Lahore Transport Company

System length 152 km (94.45 mi) Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

3 The Lahore Metro or Lahore Rapid Mass Transit System (LRMTS) (Urdu: ) is a proposed rapid transit system for Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan. The system will consist of 4 operational lines, with construction already on its way. The Punjab Minister of Transport stated that the government had proposed the fare between PKR 10 and PKR 22. The Lahore Metro is expected to carry an average of 640,000 passengers a day when the Green Line is finished.[1]Contents [hide] Green Line The Green Line is expected to cost USD 2.4 billion to construct and will extend from Shahdara to Hamza Town. The total length of Green Line is expected to be 27 km (17 mi), with 11.6 km (7.2 mi) underground and 15.4 km (9.6 mi) overhead. There will be in total 12 underground stations and 10 overhead stations built. Construction has begun in 2012. The route of green line has been changed a bit, instead of going to Regal Chowk, the route goes to Lyton road and then joins Lake road as per previously proposed route.Green Line Shahdara Timber Market Badshahi Masjid Data Darbar Jinnah Hall Lake Road CENTRAL Regal Chowk Fatima Jinnah Qurtaba Shahma Chowk Ichra Canal Garden Town Kalma Chowk Model Town North Model Town South Walton Qanchi Ghazi Wapda Nishter Orange Line The Orange Line is expected to cost USD 1.9 billion to construct and will extend from Ali Town to Dera Gujran. The total length of Orange Line is expected to be 27 km (17 mi), with 7 km (4.3 mi) underground and 20 km (12 mi) overhead. There will be in total 6 underground stations and 20 overhead stations built.Orange Line Ali Town Niaz Baig Canal View Hanjarwal Wahdat Awan Sabzazar Shahnoor Salahudin Bund Samanabad Gulshan-e-Ravi Chauborji Lake Road CENTRAL Lakshami Sultanpura University Baghbanpura Shalimar Gardens Mint Mahmood Islam Park Salamalpura Dera Gujran Blue Line The Blue Line is expected to be a total of 24 km (15 mi) and will extend from Chauburji to College Road.

Shahbaz reviews metro bus project

By: Our Staff Reporter | October 27, 2012. LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif inspected various routes of Metro Bus Project, on early Friday, and later, presided over a high-level meeting to review pace of construction work of the project at Minar-e-Pakistan camp office. During the meeting, the CM directed the concerned authorities to complete the Metro Bus Project within the stipulated time, at all costs. Shahbaz said the temporary difficulties being faced by the people would soon be turned into permanent relief after the project will be completed. He said metro bus project is not just a project, but the mission

4 of public service, and he considers himself as its Chief Manager who is repeatedly inspecting to ensure quick completion of the project. Chairman Lahore Transport Company Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, Member Provincial Assembly Mehr Ishtiaq, Project Director Metro Bus, Commissioner Lahore Division, Director General LDA, Chief Traffic Officer and contractors working at different sections of the project were also present on the occasion. DG LDA gave the Chief Minister a detailed briefing regarding construction work related to the project. The said the pace of construction work is satisfactory however it can be accelerated through coordinated efforts, in order to complete the project well within time. He said alternative traffic arrangements have been made, on the routes of under construction project, for the convenience of the people. He said it is heaterning that the contractors would continue their work, even during Eid holidays He also appreciated Chief Traffic Officer for making good traffic arrangements. He said shifting of construction material to the site must be expedited, while sheds for buses should also be constructed in order to ensure provision of all kind of facilities at metro bus depot. Punjab Chief Minister directed that a report be submitted to him regarding comprehensive planning for quick construction of elevated stations, while all construction work should be completed during the stipulated period. Also, Shahbaz Sharif while greeting Eid-ul-Azha to the nation has said that the auspicious day, is an occasion to renew our pledge for dedicating the life to the service of humanity. He said Eid-ul-Azha is a great day which reminds us of the unparalleled sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), who was prepared to sacrifice even his son Hazrat Ismail (AS) for the will and blessings of Allah.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif conducted another tour of the Metro Bus Service construction site here on Sunday and reiterated to contractors that major infrastructure work must be finished by November 20. The chief minister inspected sections of the project from Gajju Mata to Niazi Chowk, including a bus depot, parts of the elevated track, and the project site office. In interactions with officials, contractors and labourers, he emphasised that the work must be finished quickly. Officials of the Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency (Tepa) involved in the project told The Express Tribune that Sharif had urged them to return to the project site soon after the sacrifice of animals on Eid morning and get back to work. He had also suggested a sacrifice at the project site. The Tepa officials said despite the chief ministers insistence on the November 20 deadline, they did not expect the main infrastructure to be finished for another 50 days, until around December 10. They said that work on the Model Town underpass was also going ahead at full steam. Two of four slabs that are to form the roof of the tunnel have been laid. The laying of the other two slabs will have to wait until Sui Northern Gas Pipelines moves some gas lines, they said, adding that SNGPL officials had

5 pledged to do so before Eid. Once the roof is in place, work on the Metro Bus Service at ground level will continue. They said that the underpass would be finished by the end of December. During his briefing and tour of the construction site at the start of the Metro Bus Service line in southeast Lahore, the chief minister said that work on an underground drain from Gajju Mata to Youhanabad should be finished as quickly as possible so work on the bus project can continue over the Eid holidays. He said special attention should be paid to the quality of construction material. Inspecting the bus depot, Sharif instructed the project director and contractor to include a mosque in the depot building. He said that the shifting of electricity poles from various sections of the route of the bus service should be done as soon as possible. The chief minister visited the elevated sections of the bus route and directed that work should continue around the clock. In an interaction with labourers, the chief minister made them promise that they would work over the Eid holidays. When they did so, he promised to buy them some sweets. Later presiding over a meeting at the Metro Bus Service project site office at Niazi Chowk, Sharif said that construction work must not stop at any point. He said the transport of construction material for the project should continue in the daytime as well as at night. He said that officials should make plans in advance for the transport of construction material during the Eid holidays. He sought recommendations in this regard within two days. He said that he recognised that the major construction project had caused various problems for citizens, who had been very patient so far. He said that public awareness of alternative traffic routes should be promoted through road signs and through the media. A system should be developed to give citizens warnings about traffic problems in advance and to inform them of alternative routes, he added. Published in The Express Tribune, October 22nd, 2012. The buses will ply on a 27 kilomtere corridor being constructed from Gajjumatta to Shahdara. According to officials, buses have been dispatched by the manufacturing company, Volvo China, to Pakistan. The fleet costs over Rs1.260 billion whereas each bus is Rs28 million. As soon as the ships dock at Karachi seaport, a technical team of the Punjab government would go there to deal with unloading, and custom clearance issues.

Metro Bus
The fleet will be transported to Lahore from the port through trawlers, Lahore Development Authority Director General Ahad Cheema told Dawn. Each bus is 18 metre long and is right hand drive. Every bus has 50 to 60 seats with separate compartments for women and men, and can accommodate 150 passengers in all at a time, he said.

6 The metro route will have 27 stations, of that 18 are near completion. The work on the remaining nine stations was being carried out on a fast track and would be completed in a fortnight, he said. The corridor includes an 8km overhead bridge from Muslim Town Mor to Texali. Mr Cheema said some of the overheads portions were still under various phases such as piling, shuttering and concrete and earth filling, adding that the bridge would be completed by mid December. Mr Cheema said though there was no deadline to launch buses on the MBS, the LDA would be able to know about the tentative dates in the next 15 days. He said the ongoing construction of Kalma Chowk underpass would not cause a delay in the MBS completion. Actually the underpass is not a part of the MBS, and the construction of the route is going on at this particular portion, he said. The Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency has been tasked with constructing the Kalma Chowk underpass in two months. Shahbaz Sharif Surprise Visit of Metro Bus Project Lahore By Tahir on November 25, 2012 Shahbaz Sharif Inspection of Metro Bus Project (Mass Transit System) in Lahore Lahore (Saturday, November 24, 2012) Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif carried out a surprise inspection of the Metro Bus project and security arrangements at 6am today on 24/11/2012. Shahbaz Sharif visits Metro Bus Project Lahore Shahbaz Sharifs visit was totally unannounced and CM visited various routes without any security protocol. CM interacted with the public and shared light moments with the labour working on the project.

Study on Feasibility of the Extension Metro Bus Service to Multan, GT roads

LAHORE : Various departments concerned have formally started conducting a feasibility study for launching the Metro Bus System (MBS) Project on Multan Road and Grand Trunk (GT) Road after making operational the system on the 27km-long stretch from Gajjumatta to Shahdara. Officials say some engineering experts of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency (Tepa) and Punjab Metro Bus Authority (PMBA) were given the task to initiate a study in this regard, in collaboration with some local and foreign consultants. After completion of the on-going construction work of the MBS from Gajjumatta to Shahdara via Ferozepur Road, Lytton Road, Lower Mall, Bhati and Ravi Road, the government plans to execute this on

7 Multan Road (from Thokar Niaz Beg to MAO College via Hanjarwal, Scheme Mor, Yatim Khana, Samanabad Mor and Chauburji and GT Road (from Azadi Chowk/Intersection to Ring Road). That is why the departments concerned have initiated the study for launching the MBS construction work on the two major routes of the city, LDA Director General Ahad Khan Cheema told Dawn on Friday. When asked about any further expansion of the project up to other major roads such as The Mall and Jail Road etc, he said there were no such plans. He said the on-going study would elaborate various modalities and tasks related to smooth and uninterrupted construction of the signal-free dedicated bus corridors, bridges, underpasses, pedestrian bridges and other required allied works and facilities. About the execution of the project, Mr Cheema said though the departments concerned had an approved administrative estimate of Rs24.8 billion for Gajjumatta-Shahdara corridor, there were chances of a little increase in the cost pushing it up to Rs27 billion. But we hope to get it completed within (the estimated cost of) Rs24.8 billion as approved by the Punjab government, he hastened to add. He said the 27-km long corridor, including a huge bridge measuring 8.3km, meant for buses, had been designed in a way that it could be even used for running a train by laying rail track on it. Suppose if we plan to lay rail track and run train on these corridors, these could bear its load and operations as well, he said, adding, however, presently the government would only ply buses there. He said the six contractors of good repute National Logistic Cell (NLC), Makksons, Sarwar and Company and two joint ventures of SKB and Al-Buraq and ZKB and Reliable were engaged in the MBS construction. Mr Cheema said traveling would be subsidised on the MBS. The traveling for people through MBS will be free during the first month of its launching, he said. And later the government would introduce a well subsidised traveling package for the citizens, he said. He said the PMBA was also working on introducing the subsidised fare for MBS. He said an irrigation department study was also under way for construction of a bridge on the Ravi, another major component of the MBS. He denied the reports of launching the MBS without conducting feasibility study and PC-1, saying: How it is possible to launch such a mega project without conducting studies or approving the PC-I. Everything was done in accordance with law for launching the MBS, Cheema claimed. the Extension Metro Bus Service to Multan, GT road Bus Rapid Transit System project: People to have safe, speedy transport facilities: shahbaz * CM says provision of comfortable, quality transport facilities to masses top priority of govt People will be able to have safe and speedy transport facilities after completion of the Bus Rapid Transit System project, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday.

8 He said this while presiding over a meeting to review the pace of progress of Bus Rapid Transit System project and the provision of transport facilities to the people. Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that provision of comfortable and quality transport facilities to the masses was the top priority of the government, and solid steps had been taken for that purpose. He said that a 27-kilometre-long track from Shahdara to Gajjumata would be laid in the first phase of the project. He said modern transport service had been started in the metropolis, and its scope would soon be extended to other big cities of the province. On the occasion, Lahore Development Authority Director General Abdul Jabbar Shaheen gave a detailed briefing regarding the progress of the project. Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that on the pattern of developed countries, transport system was being organised on modern lines in Lahore and other big cities of the province. He said work on the Bus Rapid Transit System project had been started with the cooperation of Turkey, which, upon its completion, would speak volumes of the Pak-Turk friendship. He said that like other development projects, the Bus Rapid Transit System project would be completed speedily in a transparent manner by working round the clock. He said that in the first phase, track would be laid from General Hospital to Kalma Chowk; in the second phase, from Gajjumata to General Hospital; and in the third phase, from Shahdara to Kalma Chowk. He said it was an important project, and no delay in its completion would be tolerated. On the occasion, he formed a committee, headed by Member of the Provincial Assembly Mehr Ishtiaq Ahmad, for early completion of the project. He said that an effective system should be evolved to ensure smooth flow of traffic during the construction of the project and people should not face any difficulty in this regard. He directed the officials concerned to evolve a vigorous publicity plan to create awareness among the people about the importance of bus rapid transit so that maximum citizens could benefit from it. Earlier, the LDA director general, while informing the meeting about the progress of the project, said that work on laying of track from General Hospital to Kalma Chowk was in progress. Members of the National Assembly Mian Marghoob Ahmad and Bilal Yasin, Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, the Planning and Development chairman, the transport secretary, the Lahore district coordination officer and other officers concerned were present at the meeting.

Construction work of BRT starts.

LAHORE(11-Feb-2012) Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday that work is speedily being done on the project of Bus Rapid Transit System, which will provide safe and speedy transport facilities to the masses. The CM said that provision of comfortable and quality transport facilities to the masses is a top priority for the Provincial Government and solid steps have been taken for this purpose. The government has started modern transport services in the provincial metropolis and its scope will soon be extended to other big cities, he added while presiding over a meeting to review the pace of progress of BRT System project and transport facilities, on Saturday. MNA Mian Marghoob Ahmad and Bilal Yasin, Chairman Lahore Transport Company Kh. Ahmad Hasaan, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Transport, NLC Brigadier Shahid Majeed, DCO Lahore and other officers were also present there. While addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that RBT System is being completed with the cooperation of Turkey to provide modern day transport facilities at par with developed states. The project, he said, will be completed speedily in a transparent manner. In the first phase, a track will be laid from General Hospital to Kalma Chowk, second from Gajjumata to General Hospital and from Shahdara to Kalma Chowk in the third phase, adding that the project of BRT is of great importance and any delay will not be tolerated. The Punjab CM directed to constitute a committee headed by MPA Mehr Ishtiaq Ahmad, to take steps for completion of the project at the earliest. He said that an effective system should be evolved for keeping smooth flow of traffic during the construction of the project and the people should not face any difficulties in this regard. The CM also directed the committee to form a vigorous publicity plan for creating awareness among the masses about the importance of BRT project so that maximum citizens could benefit from it. Earlier, Director General LDA, Abdul Jabbar Shaheen gave a briefing about the progress being made on the