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Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Elevated Track Repair to Commence Soon

The Rawalpindi-Islamabad metro bus elevated track, spanning from Saddar to Faizabad, is set to undergo extensive repair work, with five firms qualifying for the bidding process. The repair project, estimated to cost Rs. 625 million, has been allocated Rs. 740 million by the Punjab Masstransit Authority. Following this phase, the track from Faizabad to the Pakistan Secretariat will also be repaired. Despite challenges posed by heavy rains in recent years, the metro bus service will continue uninterrupted during the repair process.

Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Elevated Track Repair to Commence Soon

The Rawalpindi-Islamabad metro bus elevated track, a vital artery of transportation in the Twin Cities, is poised to undergo comprehensive repair work from Saddar to Faizabad. This development comes as five firms have qualified to participate in the bidding process, signaling the imminent commencement of the much-needed repairs.

The repair project, estimated to cost Rs. 625 million, has received financial backing with the Punjab Masstransit Authority allocating Rs. 740 million for this purpose. A spokesperson from the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) confirmed that the bidding process will commence next week, with work expected to begin later this month. Remarkably, the repair project is anticipated to be completed within a mere 10 days, ensuring minimal disruption to commuters.

The decision to undertake the repair work follows a recommendation by the National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak), which conducted a survey highlighting the deteriorating condition of the track. The Punjab Masstransit Authority has entrusted the RDA with the responsibility of executing the repair work.

Uzair Shah, the General Manager (Operations) of the Punjab Mass Transit Authority, attributed the damage to heavy rains over the past few years. In response, plans have been formulated to replace tough tiles on pavements with concrete alternatives and address potholes in the corridors of bus stations.

Despite the impending repair work, the metro bus service will remain operational, ensuring continued connectivity for commuters. The metro bus corridor, spanning a total length of 23 kilometers, encompasses various sections, including 8.6 kilometers elevated, 10 kilometers at grade, and 4 kilometers in a trench.

In Rawalpindi, the metro bus service extends from Flashman’s Hotel to Faizabad, covering a distance of 8.6 kilometers entirely elevated. Meanwhile, in Islamabad, the service spans 14.6 kilometers at ground level, linking Faizabad to Pak Secretariat via IJP Road and 9th Avenue.

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The initiation of repair work on the Rawalpindi-Islamabad metro bus elevated track underscores a commitment to ensuring the efficiency and safety of public transportation infrastructure, reaffirming the authorities’ dedication to enhancing urban mobility in the region.

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