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Old February 26th, 2014, 02:26 PM   #21
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Old March 11th, 2014, 02:40 PM   #22
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Old March 19th, 2014, 08:57 PM   #23
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Environmental concerns: ECNEC approves Rs23.8b Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Service

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Saturday approved the 13 kilometere long Metro Bus Service project between Rawalpindi and Islamabad, just days before the Supreme Court is due to hear about the environmental costs of the project.

In a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at the Prime Minister office on Saturday, the Rs23.839 billion project was cleared. The project now needs to secure clearance of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) by the environmental protection agency.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani last week took notice of the ‘flawed’ route alignment of Islamabad section of the project in a bid to avert possible threat to the environment.

The project’s cost will be shared by the federal and Punjab governments. The federal government will contribute Rs13.419 billion whereas the Punjab government will chip in Rs10.419 billion.

The service aims to provide residents of the twin cities a high quality mass transit option. As part of the project, the Peshawar Morr Interchange will be constructed. The interchange is expected to redress the long standing complaint of congestion at this inter section.

The project envisages construction of over 13 km long dedicated signal free corridor of 9.60 to 10.10 meters width at normal section and from 19.00 to 21.10 meters width at Metro Bus System (MBS) stations and tranches in Islamabad Territory. The proposed corridor will accommodate articulated buses running simultaneously in both directions.

MBS project will start from IJ Principal Road at Faizabad where Rawalpindi portion terminates, and will traverse through IJ Principal Road, 9th Avenue, Jinnah Avenue and finally terminate at the Pakistan Secretariat, Islamabad. The Islamabad portion includes Peshawar Morr Interchange as per CDA design and a provision for 14 bus stations with allied facilities.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman, Federal Secretaries and senior officials from central and provincial governments.
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PM performs ground breaking of Rs 44 billion Metro Bus project

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif performed on Sunday the ground breaking ceremony of Rs 44.21 billion Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Service (MBS) project here, aimed at providing a fast and quality transport service for commuters. Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, federal ministers, members of national and provincial assemblies and senior government officials attended the ceremony. The Prime Minister unveiled a plaque for the project that would be completed in 10 months. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, addressing the large gathering, vowed to bring about a positive change in the lives of common men.

“People will soon see this change,” he said and mentioned a number of similar other development projects. These included the motorway up to Karachi, Islamabad-Muzaffarabad train service and the new Islamabad international airport, which would be completed next year. He said the government was also working on a plan to end power loadshedding and would add 22,000 MW electricity in next four years.

The Prime Minister said the talks with Taliban were going ahead at a satisfactory pace and hoped that a meeting would be held between the two sides in a day or two. There will be peace and the country would get rid of extremism and terrorism, he added. He said terrorism, corruption, unemployment, indiscipline and poverty had now become an order of the day. He regretted that the country wasted a great deal of time and nothing much was achieved in any area.

He said Pakistan did see short stints of development when his government twice came into power in the ‘90s. The nuclear programme and the motorway were some examples of his previous government. Thereafter the governments of the day, he added, did little to serve the masses. It was owing to the wrong policies of the past that the country was facing the scourge of terrorism.

He said the country’s economic indicators were positive and he had directed the Finance Minister to ensure that the rate of US dollar against the rupee remains stable, a little below Rs 100. The Prime Minister said the Metro Bus project was a reflection of his government’s commitment towards providing the best possible services for the people of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. “Despite the fact that the number of PML-N seats in the twin cities have halved, we have doubled our services for the people,” he added.

He said though the deadline for the completion of the project was short and it was no ordinary feat, but he had firm faith in the abilities of the chief minister to accomplish this gigantic task within a short period of 10 months. Referring to the earlier agreed upon 50-50 fund sharing formula for the project between the provincial and federal governments, he assured support of the federal government after Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif pointed out that the cost of project in Rawalpindi would be much higher, and the formula needed to be revised.

Earlier, Shahbaz Sharif said the day was conspicuous as the nation was celebrating Pakistan Day and the provision of a bus service for the people of Rawalpindi and Islamabad was a great service for them. He lauded the vision of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who in ‘90s had the vision of a motorway and now he had this vision of metro bus service to facilitate the people.

He regretted that the dream of the Founder of Pakistan couldnot materialize, despite passage of so many years after independence, and sacrifices of millions of men women and children, who opted for Pakistan, did not yield any result. He said the government of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was committed to fulfill the dream of founding fathers.

He said nepotism, lack of transparency, corruption and misappropriation of funds had become order of the day. He, however, vowed that all this would end. He said those, who were critical of the Lahore and now the Rawalpindi metro bus service, failed to realise how the people in an emergency or on duty were helplessly stuck up in traffic.

Shahbaz Sharif said 175,000 people daily commuted on the Lahore metro service and they belonged to all segments of society. He said those, who claimed to be well-wishers of the poor and down-trodden, were critical of the project, as they travelled in large cars, without caring for the man on foot. He also regretted that certain political parties were also trying to gain political mileage by raising environmental issues.

He assured that adequate compensation would be paid, according to the market rate to all those whose properties fall within the project area. He said the government understood the losses that might incur to the traders, which would be compensated. He said there would be no compromise on the quality of construction and it would meet international standards.

A documentary shown on the occasion pointed there will be no environmental impact of the project as no green area will be affected during the construction of the project and it will not violate the master plan of Islamabad.

The total cost of the project also includes a signal free interchange at Peshawar Mor Islamabad at a cost of Rs 4.7 billion that will also be completed in record period of 10 months. Federal and provincial governments will contribute 50 percent each of the total cost. Currently an estimated 0.5 million people daily commute between Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The service will cater to around 150,000 people daily.

A documentary showed the route of the Metro Bus Service that will start from Flashman Hotel Chowk on Murree Road and will end at Pak Secretariat covering a total distance of 23.2 k.m. passing through the Murree Road. From Faizabad Rawalpindi, the bus will ply on IJP Road, 9th Avenue and Jinnah Avenue, Blue Area and culminate near the Pakistan Secretariat.

The portion of Metro Bus Service in Rawalpindi from Flashmans Hotel to Faizabad having distance of 8.6 k.m. will be elevated, while in Islamabad 14.6 k.m will be on ground, starting from Faizabad to Pak Secretariat via IJP Road and 9th Avenue. The track will also have 24 modern stations for the passengers. Of these 10 will be on Murree Road while 14 in Islamabad.

Initially, 60 buses will ply on the Metro Bus track from Rawalpindi to Islamabad carrying over 150,000 passengers. About 29 kanals land will be acquired for the project, of which about 20 kanals will be acquired on Murree Road, Rawalpindi. The Prime Minister was informed that in future if the load of passengers increases the metro track can be used for Metro Train by laying train tracks.

The project was given a green signal by Prime Minister in January this year and following the approval of the project by provincial cabinet, the work has been initiated on the project that would provide international standard mass transit system for the citizens of twin cities.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 - Rawalpindi—The Punjab Government on Friday formaly announced to perform groundbreaking of the multi-billion Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project on March 23, ending all speculations about fate of the long-awaited scheme. Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed, briefing the media here, said the 22.5 kilometer track would have train compatibility to meet future needs of mass transit.

“If the number of passengers increase manifold in next five to ten years, the track will be compatible enough to switch over to mass transit train,” said Zahid Saeed, who is also the Project Director.

The project, being executed at a cost of Rs 43 billion, would be completed in 10 months to ensure speedy and decent transport service for the residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

He said construction companies would work round-the-clock to meet deadline, while a lane on each side of busy Murree Road would be kept open for traffic during the period.

He apprised that 8.6 kilometer elevated track, having 10 stops, would be constructed from Flashman’s Chowk, Saddar upto Faizabad.

“The track will pass over Mareer railway bridge and Committee Chowk underpass, while it would go along the 6th Road and Chandni Chowk flyovers,” he said.

The Metro Bus would make stopovers at 10 points including Flashman’s, Mareer, Liaquat Bagh, Committee Chowk, Waris Khan, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rehmanabad, 6th Road, Shamsabad and Faizabad. Approximately, he said, 14 kilometer track would be laid in the limits of the federal capital, where bus terminals would be set up at every one kilometer distance as per international standards.

“The terminals will have all facilities like escalators, lifts for disabled and senior citizens, generators and public toilets and tight security all along the bus track,” he maintained. Replying to a question, the Commissioner said, the Project would have no negative impact on environment in Rawalpindi and Master Plan of the federal capital.

Initially, he said, 60 buses would ply on the route with two minutes interval to facilitate around 150,000 commuters daily, between the twin cities.

To another question, he said, 28 kanal of land would be acquired for setting up bus terminals in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, of which 20 kanals and 16 marlas were needed in the garrison city. “Land acquisition process is in progress,” he said.

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It took me a while to find this on Google Maps, so I'll save you the trouble: http://goo.gl/maps/pssuo . The aerial is looking ESE-- the road from the top to the bottom is Ninth Avenue, the one from left to right is Kashmir Highway.
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And so it begins!
















One can't make an omelet without breaking eggs:


This is disturbing, though:
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‘Blind decision’ by transport authorities perturbs commuters

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Rawalpindi

Thousands of people living along Benazir Bhutto Road between Chandni Chowk and Moti Mehal bus stops have been facing great problems as the concerned authorities imposed a ban on public transport vehicles using this segment of the road with the start of work on Metro Bus Project.

The authorities have changed the Route-1 of wagons that used to ply on Benazir Bhutto Road between Saddar and Pakistan Secretariat. It was the only wagon route from Islamabad that used to touch the stops from Chandni Chowk to Moti Mehal up to Saddar. Apart from this, the authorities have changed the Route-3 of wagons that used to ply between Nurpur Shahan and Raja Bazaar using the same road. After the change in routes, there is no public transport for people living along Benazir Bhutto Road from Chandni Chowk to Moti Mehal and even to Saddar.

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Railroad viaduct crossing Murree Road at Marir Chowk. also in the second photo above. I think that this isn't a part of the BRT project since a bypass track is clearly visible on Google Maps.


Map of the Rawalpindi segment. Most of the BRT line will be in the middle of Murree Road, but part will be built off to the side. I presume to avoid existing flyovers:


And, finally, the point where the Rawalpindi segment doubles back from Murree Road to IJP Road, which forms the border (such as it it) between Rawalpindi and Islamabad. I'll be especially interested to see how this and the other places where the BRT turns from one road corridor to another (IJP- Ninth Avenue and Ninth Avenue-Jinnah Avenue) end up being built. EDIT: Perhaps they'll resemble this flyunder at Peshawar Road and IJP.
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Maps showing stations!




Pedestrian underpass under construction on Jinnah Avenue:
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And, from this informative post, info about a previous BRT concept covering Islamabad only, to be extended to Rawalpindi later. Perhaps future extensions to the BRT system will resemble this plan:


Hopefully the current phase will include provision for a central transfer station:
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This is how the elevated section will look, llike the Lahore Bus Rapid Transit

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