PM Nawaz Sharif inaugurates Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus; says we will exist, terrorists will be wiped out
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus service on Thursday.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony at Convention Centre, he said that all the wars were fought during the tenures of martial law, while progress was made during the democratic rule. “We will live and terrorists will be wiped out.”
The prime minister said that peace is restoring in Karachi. He reiterated that the power shortage will be overcome in three years.
He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif iconic project of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus is a symbol of changing Pakistan.
The prime minister said that in the past development projects took decades to complete and their cost escalated many times, but this culture has now come to an end.
He said successful implementation of a state-of-the-art Metro Bus Project in a short time and within the original cost is a testimony of a change for the better.
He congratulated people of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and said the Bus Service would provide them modern and comfortable travelling facility at affordable cost. “They would now be able to reach their work places and educational institutions speedily and without wasting time.”
The prime minister said now there would be less traffic congestion on the Murree Road in Rawalpindi where elevated track has been constructed for Metro Bus.
He congratulated the Punjab chief minister for implementing the project in the shortest possible time and in a transparent manner. “Those misusing national resources cannot be well-wishers of the country or people.”
The prime minister announced that the federal government would provide gift of a Metro Bus project to people of Karachi.
In his speech, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said Metro Bus Service should be called Pakistan Metro Bus project.
“The project has been completed in the shortest period. An amount of Rs two billion has been saved,” he said, adding that originally Rs 44 billion was allocated for the project and the cost also included construction of Rs 5 billion Peshawar Morr which was not strictly part of the Metro Bus Project. “If Rs five billion is deduced then the cost of metro bus project comes to Rs 39 billion.”
The chief minister said there are 14 underpasses and 14 pedestrian flyovers on the route of the Metro Bus. “There are also 32km footpaths on both sides of the track and 45km drains besides 23km of service roads.”
He referred to presence of leadership of the four provinces at the inaugural ceremony of the project and said their presence at the launching of the project is symbol of national unity and solidarity. “Pakistan can progress and march forward only if the four federating units work together.”
The chief minister said the prime minister would soon lay the foundation stone of Metro Bus project in Multan, which would also be completed in record time.
He said Nawaz Sharif not only gave vision of motorways to the country but also took courageous decision of going nuclear in 1998 to make Pakistan’s defence invincible.
Shahbaz Sharif said Pakistan is going to become an Asian Tiger, especially in the backdrop of historic announcement of the Chinese President to invest US$43 billion in Pakistan in different sectors.
“This is investment and not loan and it is for us to capitalize on the opportunity to transform the lot of the country.”
The chief minister thanked Turkey for its cooperation and assistance in the implementation of the project and said a Turkish company has got contract for running of buses through transparent tendering.
He recommended Pride of Performance for Rawalpindi Commissioner Zahid Saeed who worked hard to realize the dream of the project into a reality.
Shahbaz Sharif said he would extend all possible cooperation to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister for implementing the similar project in Peshawar. Metro Bus Project Chairman Hanif Abbasi said Metro Bus has become a reality despite propaganda of the critics.
He thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif for provision of modern travelling facility, which has also added to beauty of landscape of the twin cities.
Hanif Abbasi said the government has given handsome compensation to those whose properties were affected due to the project.
He said the Punjab government has set up a state-of-the-art Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi. “An Institute of Urology is about to complete besides technical training institutions and eleven stadia. A stadium of international standard is also being constructed in Rawalpindi,” he disclosed.
The ceremony was attended by members of the Federal Cabinet, Punjab Governor Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, KP Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad, Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik, political leaders, members of the parliament, members of the diplomatic community in Islamabad and senior officials.