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Old March 3rd, 2012, 05:36 PM   #6441
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 05:39 PM   #6443
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 05:41 PM   #6444
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 06:46 PM   #6445
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Thanks for the nice update
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 07:30 PM   #6446
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I m impressed with Punjab govt. effort. Even though other cities are not getting fare share in budget but I am happy that atleast one city is growing with proper planning. PPP after ruling for so long didn't even care about Larkana or interior sindh forget about rest of Pakistan.
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 09:18 PM   #6447
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LAHORE - The restoration project ongoing at historical Lahore Fort will be completed by end June with the estimated cost of Rs 21 million. “The work is progressing satisfactorily”, said Lahore Fort Deputy Director Maqsood Ahmed Malik while talking to APP on Wednesday. He explained that Shahi Hamam, Dewan-e-Khas and Jahangeeri courtyard (Ahata) were undergoing conservation work with an estimated Rs 21 million. “In line with the importance of originality Kasuri chuna is being used for the conservation work”, he explained.
That is amazing news! Lahore and many Pak cities need rennovation work. There are so many forts and gardens that need work. When will they learn.
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 09:40 PM   #6448
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I m impressed with Punjab govt. effort. Even though other cities are not getting fare share in budget but I am happy that atleast one city is growing with proper planning. PPP after ruling for so long didn't even care about Larkana or interior sindh forget about rest of Pakistan.
same with my area (mansehra-abbottabad) bt im very very very happy for the bros in punjab/sindh, amazing work and i hope more and more infrastructure gets built
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Old March 4th, 2012, 12:17 AM   #6449
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Great updates Ahmad, and I was driving at ferozpur road an hour ago and the work was going on in night shifts too.

Also there is some very very serious construction work going on at a huge and big site just at the right side of Pace circle at airport road, its almost of the same size as that of pace circle and work on retaining walls of very very deep basement is being done at the moment.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 01:12 AM   #6450
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if i am not wrong isnt it a novatel site
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Old March 4th, 2012, 01:14 AM   #6451
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Old March 4th, 2012, 03:35 AM   #6452
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Old March 4th, 2012, 05:00 AM   #6453
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From the BRT construction pictures, there doesn't seem to be enough room for two buses traveling in either direction. Is the BRT going to be one-way? That would be pretty silly.
I hope they plan on building proper stations with overhead access otherwise motorists will suffer from even more jahil pedestrians darting across the roads.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 07:42 AM   #6454
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How about this chinese concept for BRT. Although it is yet to be actualize in china too, yet it seems quite impressive



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http://www.chinahush.com/2010/07/31/...ve-to-commute/
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no they will be taking some space from the main road
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Old March 4th, 2012, 09:18 AM   #6457
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From the BRT construction pictures, there doesn't seem to be enough room for two buses traveling in either direction. Is the BRT going to be one-way? That would be pretty silly.
I hope they plan on building proper stations with overhead access otherwise motorists will suffer from even more jahil pedestrians darting across the roads.
Oh come on dude its NOT going to be a one-way brt! the space which you have seen in those pictures used to be the greenbelt of ferozpur road.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 06:08 PM   #6458
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Great updates Ahmad, and I was driving at ferozpur road an hour ago and the work was going on in night shifts too.

Also there is some very very serious construction work going on at a huge and big site just at the right side of Pace circle at airport road, its almost of the same size as that of pace circle and work on retaining walls of very very deep basement is being done at the moment.
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Yes, it was Novotel site but now Accor has left Pakistan with their hotel plans i.e 4 hotels (Grand Mecure & Sofitel, Karachi & Novotel & Ibis, Lahore). Now, the hotel U/C is the property of EOBI, alot of construction activity is going on there...
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Bus rapid transit system ‘faulty, waste of money’

The launching of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in the city, which aims to ease traffic congestion, will serve no good, as it is “full of fundamental and technical flaws” and is a “moneymaking exercise”.

Town planning experts and engineers, talking to Daily Times, have pointed out a number of anomalies and technical flaws in the execution of the BRTS project on Ferozepur Road, paving the way for wastage and misappropriation of funds.

“The BRTS project is utter nonsense as no feasibility and design study was conducted before launching the project. Another key point before executing the project is the environment impact assessment. In the case of BRTS project, no such study was carried out and approved by the Environment Protection Department,” transport planner Aqeel Younas told Daily Times.

“The government had allocated around Rs 60 to 70 million for the feasibility study of the project and it had to be carried out by a Turkish company. Since there is no feasibility study, where are the funds?” he questioned.

He said that the government gave contracts to a Turkish company for the feasibility study and a Chinese company for buses through sole ‘source contracts’ and no other companies were considered for it, which was contrary to the rules and regulations.

A source told Daily Times that the government had planned to purchase 100 buses from China for the project, costing Rs 8.5 million each, while the actual price of a bus was Rs 3.3 to 3.5 million.

“It is ironic that ordinary buses are being purchased for the project, while for the BRTS, specially designed articulated buses are required, keeping in view the convenience of passengers,” he said.

The proposed plan for the BRTS is divided into three sections; Ferozepur Road Corridor (Green Line), Multan Road (Orange line) and the Canal Road. The initial execution of the BRTS includes the first 10 kilometres, which is from Gajju Matta to Kalma Chowk.

The Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency’s (TEPA) BRTS Project Director Mazhar Hussain Khan told Daily Times that in the first phase, the BRTS from Gajju Matta to Kalma Chowk would be completed with a cost of Rs 1.5 billion in four months, while the BRTS from Kalma Chowk to Shahdara would be executed by end of this year.

Consultant Aqeel Younas pointed out that before launching the project, neither the terminal locations had been defined, nor land had been acquired for them.

“One wonders if the design of the Kalma Chowk underpass makes provision for a bus rapid transit line because, if not, the money spent on the feasibility of that project will be wasted,” said Advocate Rafay Alam, vice president of the Pakistan Environmental Lawyers.

It has been learnt that the mass transit system was part of the ‘Integrated Master Plan for Lahore’ and not the BRTS project.

Talking to Daily Times, transport consultant Engineer Mazhar Iqbal called the bus rapid transit project “an exercise to make money through procurement and construction”, saying that the government was going ahead with an infeasible transport system, while overlooking the more feasible and convenient plan.

“In 1992, a transport plan was made to launch a mass transit system, running from Model Town to Bhaati Gate. The plan was updated in 1994 on the recommendations of the World Bank, which suggested that the system should be extended to Shahdara to facilitate more populated areas. In 2005, the plan was updated again, but yet to be executed, wasting around Rs 1.5 billion of taxpayers’ money,” he said.

Town planners are concerned that the BRTS would damage the Ferozepur Road, which was constructed with billions of rupees.

“The government has proposed two-side plate forms for the BRTS that will take four lanes on station locations. The side-lane traffic has been totally ignored, which will create bottlenecks,” said Aqeel Younas.

Talking to Daily Times, urban development expert Imrana Tiwana said that it was difficult to run a non-stop transport in a congested and narrow space. “A BRTS is set up where there is infrastructure. It is not feasible in congested areas, like Ferozepur Road,” she said.
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it was a great day in Lahore, full of activities... sunday ho tau aisa...........
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