Rs 15 increase in fare of Metro bus rejected


LAHORE: Caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab, Mohsin Naqvi, has made yet another people-centric decision by rejecting a proposal to increase the fare for Metrobus and Speedobus services by Rs 15. The decision was announced during a meeting of the Punjab Mass Transit Authority.

Additionally, Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi granted in-principle approval for the operation of electric buses at Lahore Railway Station and Tagrin Town, with the support of the World Bank. This pilot project will introduce 27 electric buses to Lahore and explore the possibility of extending the electric bus service to Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Furthermore, the Chief Minister directed the construction and repair of metrobus tracks in Rawalpindi and Lahore. He also approved plans for the renovation of Gaddafi Stadium and Shahadara Railway Station.

During the Punjab Mass Transit Authority meeting, a proposal to introduce diesel hybrid regenerative buses was reviewed.

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Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi emphasized the need for immediate steps to implement the electric bus service and approved measures to address the shortage of human resources within the Punjab Mass Transit Authority. He stated, “We are committed to providing quality and safe travel facilities to the people.”

The Punjab Mass Transit Authority, under the leadership of Chief Minister Naqvi, has achieved significant milestones, surpassing nearly 12 billion passengers. It currently operates a six-bus service system, with approximately 25,000 students benefiting from free travel on the Orange Line metro train daily.

Recognizing its achievements, the Punjab Mass Transit Authority was honored with the Development Leadership Award by the Government of Pakistan.

The 24th meeting of the Punjab Mass Transit Authority was chaired by Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi and attended by Provincial Transport Minister Ibrahim Hasan Murad, the Secretary of Transport, Secretary of Finance, and officials from the Punjab Mass Transit Authority.

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