New Islamabad Airport to Get Its Own Metro Bus Service for Rs. 18 Billion
In preparation for start of the New Islamabad Airport, road and mass transit connections are taking off from the drawing boards in Islamabad.
The National Highway Authority gave formal approval for hiring of consultants for design of necessary infrastructure for Islamabad Metro Bus Project.
Islamabad Metro Bus project envisages creation of a link from the existingMetro Bus Stop at Peshawar Mor to New Islamabad International Airport (NIIP) at an estimated cost of Rs 18 billion, said NHA spokesperson.
Last week Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed Chairman NHA for immediate construction of Islamabad Metro Bus link from Peshawar Mor to Islamabad’s new Airport.
The bus service will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister on August 14, 2017 along with the inauguration of New Islamabad Airport.
The Executive Board of NHA met with Chairman Shahid Ashraf Tarar in the chair where formal approval for hiring of consultants for design of necessary infrastructure for Islamabad Metro Bus Project was granted.
The Chairman informed the meeting that the project was initiated under the special directives of the Prime Minister to facilitate masses by providing a fast and easy link with the new Air Port. NHA was entrusted the task to build the necessary infrastructure for it.
He said the project length was 25.6 km and it was divided into two packages: Peshawar Mor to G-13 and from G-13 to N-5 interchange. Chairman NHA said that project will cost around Rs 18 billion and will include construction of 4 interchanges and 14 stopovers (stations) as part of the project.
The spokesperson said that bids have been invited from interested companies by January 31. The design, contract awarding and other arrangements would be finalized by mid-February and by the end of February construction work would be stared.