E-bus Service:Rawalpindi will soon

E-bus service will start in Rawalpindi from next year, aimed at solving the commuting challenges faced by the citizens. It will have six routes, one of which will connect Taxila, Wah Cantt, IJ Principal Road to Chongi No. 26 and another will connect Daulatala to Rawalpindi. Provincial Transport Minister Bilal Akbar Khan said during a press conference on Thursday that maintenance work on the metro bus tracks will be carried out from June to December this year.

He said he has been regularly visiting Rawalpindi under the special directives of Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif to resolve transportation and traffic management issues in the city. Consultations are ongoing with national and provincial assembly members, and suggestions from local MNAs and MPAs are being reviewed for route planning.

The minister criticised the previous government for not investing in the Metro Bus service launched eight to nine years ago and announced that repair work on the Metro Bus tracks would begin in June and be completed by December. He stressed that the successful Metro Bus service has proved the negative propaganda against the PML-N wrong, saying that currently millions of citizens use this service. He said without the Metro Bus, the condition of the roads would have worsened.

Highlighting the major initiatives of the Punjab government, the minister said the chief minister had set up 32 new field hospitals within 100 days, providing free treatment to about 35,000 people daily. He also mentioned action against harassment complaints and the e-bike project, under which 20,000 students will be provided motorbikes in interest-free, two-year installments. All 7,500 women applicants will get e-bikes. Digitisation of government institutions and doorstep delivery of vehicle certificates under the Dastak project, which costs Rs 900 including a token fee of Rs 100, were also highlighted by the Punjab government.

The minister denied claims of political persecution and stressed that they were not involved in vandalism. He dismissed the opposition’s claims of stolen elections as outdated and criticized the previous government for creating inflation in 2022 by violating the IMF agreement. However, he assured that the current government plans to reduce electricity and gas prices in consultation with the IMF.

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