Metro bus project calls for building tunnel in twin cities

8 July 2014

A seven-storey metro bus terminal would be built near Flashman Hotel in Sadar, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, in respect of the Rawalpindi-Islamabad metro bus project, according to local media reports 4 July.

The first three floors would be allocated for parking while a control room would be built on the fourth storey to monitor the 22.5km long metro bus track an 8.6 km elevated corridor in Rawalpindi and 13.9km on the ground in Islamabad.

High-tech close circuit cameras would be installed at the bus stations on both sides of the track. Moreover, foolproof security system would be put in place.

An underground tunnel would be constructed from D-Chowk to the Secretariat. Some areas of the Peshawar More would also be made part of the tunnel.

Underpasses would be constructed throughout the Blue Area. The Blue Area bus station would also be built underground.

This contract has been awarded at the cost of Rs 39 billion, and 5 January 2015 has been set as deadline for completion of the project.

In the first phase, 60 buses would be plied on the metro bus project routes and 153,000 commuters would travel by these buses daily.