4 reasons Islamabad does not need the metro bus service

Published: April 2, 2014
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The metro bus service project has not been met with kindly by the residents of Islamabad for a host of reasons, the most prominent among them being the fact that it violates the master plan of Islamabad and will cause destruction to the trees the city is known for. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The metro bus service project has not been met with kindly by the residents of Islamabad for a host of reasons, the most prominent among them being the fact that it violates the master plan of Islamabad and will cause destruction to the trees the city is known for. The metro bus service project has not been met with kindly by the residents of Islamabad for a host of reasons, the most prominent among them being the fact that it violates the master plan of Islamabad and will cause destruction to the trees the city is known for. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The PML-N government recently launched the metro bus service in Islamabad amidst much pomp with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurating the project himself. The project will connect Islamabad and Rawalpindi by widening the existing roads to accommodate a separate lane for the metro bus to run on without any traffic interrupting it. 

However, the bus service has not been met kindly by the residents of Islamabad for a host of reasons, the most prominent among them being the fact that it violates the master plan of Islamabad and will cause destruction to the trees the city is known for.

I think Islamabad doesn’t need the metro bus service due to the following reasons:

1. Islamabad doesn’t have a traffic problem

According to Isloo-ites, Islamabad is a planned city unlike Lahore and under its master plan, there is well-maintained road system which has expanded immensely over the years. Excellent roads such as the Seventh Avenue and Ninth Avenue provide commuters with relief during rush hours.

Also, unlike Lahore, the city has a significantly smaller population which, when combined with its excellent system of roads, means that Islamabad is probably the best city in Pakistan in terms of traffic management. You will rarely hear of a traffic problem in the city and even when one arises, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is quick to fix the problem by expanding the problematic section of the road or making an overpass such as the one at Zero Point.

This lack of a traffic problem makes the metro bus service absolutely unnecessary in the city.

2. Islamabad’s trees are being cut down

The city, often called ‘Islamabad: The Beautiful’ takes great pride in its large population of trees which are not only beneficial for the environment in a time of increasing climatic changes but also give the city its scenic beauty that makes it one of the most green cities to Pakistan to live in.

But if the metro bus project is implemented, Islamabad may very well lose this moniker.

The carefully laid out master plan of the city allows for a greenbelt on the sides of each avenue separating the avenue from the service roads. However, the bus project aims to expand these avenues and since the potential for inward expansion has been exhausted, the only solution is to expand outward.

This means that the greenbelts will have to be cut down in order to expand these roads. The city has already lost a large chunk of its trees due to projects such as the Zero Point flyover for which a number of greenbelts had to be cleared. If the metro bus project is carried out, Islamabad may never be able to recover the number of trees cut down even through extensive tree plantation drives.

3. The commuter problem can be solved far more cheaply

As I already mentioned, Islamabad does not have a traffic problem even though a large chunk of the population owns cars. And the people who rely on public transport can be better served through a cheaper project where the CDA operates public transport at a cheap rate all around the city, thus saving money and giving transport access to people living in areas that are not served under the initial metro bus plan since a bus is easier to operate in different sections of the city.

The metro bus project costs a staggering Rs38 billion which is expected to rise even higher in the coming months. The money saved from not implementing this project can be better utilised to provide basic necessities such as education and health care to people. I think these are bigger problems hounding the country than traffic and commuter issues.

4. Other cities will benefit more from the metro bus service

There are other cities in Pakistan facing traffic problems of a much more severe nature than Islamabad. Cities such as Multan and Karachi, where the metro bus will be constructed at a later stage, need this service more than Islamabad does. The metro bus has proved effective in reducing Lahore’s traffic woes; Karachi and Multan, among other cities, suffer from a similar problem which can be very adequately addressed by the project.

These cities lack an adequate and quality public transport system, with a large portion of the cities either not being served at all or insufficiently since both cities have a larger population. On the other hand, since Islamabad has a smaller population and a significant proportion of it comprises of private car owners, it is not as affected by these problems. Therefore, priority should be given to other cities.

This is why I think Islamabad doesn’t need the metro bus service, at least not at this time. Why not use these fund were they can accumulated constructively?

Sobha Gadi

Sobha Gadi

A high school student from Islamabad who is passionate about debates and interested in history, politics and the advancement of social causes. He tweets @BaronSobha (twitter.com/BaronSobha)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • nishantsirohi123

    karachi needs it more than any other city in pakistan

    for heaven sakeRecommend

  • Mansoor

    The writer comes across as a typical Islamabadi Elitiya. Do you know what the common man has to go through on a daily basis in Rawalpindi/Islamabad? Do you even know about the harsh realities one has to face in the real world?

    Public transportation in the twin cities is out of control (for the common man of course. Wouldn’t expect the writer to understand this). The wagon walas have formed their own mafia. They only assign route numbers to those who bribe them enough. After the bribery is done with, there’s this long and complicated system with wagons in dilapidated conditions. During the summers, it can get very unbearable to sit in one of those. I wouldn’t expect the writer to understand this though.

    Middle classed students like me (we outpopulate people like the writer) who commute between the twin cities and spend over 500 rupees on a daily basis are sick and tired of this. BRT is a revelation for people like us who will find it comfortable and cheap to commute long distances in the twin cities. But I wouldn’t expect the writer to understand this. After all, how can he know the woes of the common man when he’s never had to sit inside one of those laari adds wagons?

    Mr Sobha, Do one thing. Rent out a hostel in Satellite Town for a month, Commute between school and home on a daily basis using nothing but public transportation and then write a blog on how you know so much about how things work on ground level. The realities of the outside world are a lot different from your perception of it from behind a computer screen and primetime talk shows.

    Ciao.Recommend

  • Khawar Naeem

    Islamabad needs a modern transportation system like Metro Bus system and mass transit system/underground railway. The capital city is the face of a country. Recommend

  • wasim

    Travel from islamabad to Rawalpindi in public transport… Then write again..Recommend

  • Ahmed

    the writer is totaly mis guiding the people…. not a single tree will be cut in the entire path of the Metro…. no green belt will be effected….the whole path is already clear as it goes through 9th avenue and then jinnah avenue… i havent seen a single tree in the green belt of these roads..Recommend

  • Ahmed

    You have Baron as a title. This service is for peasants, sire.Recommend

  • Madiha Noori

    Well metro bus service project Islamabad/ Rawalpindi is total waste of our money. First they construct two useless bridges on Murree road as it was suppose to be underpasses now they are up for this nonsense. If this Government wants to do something for the betterment of the common man then they should start thinking about our Railway system and roads. Spend money on fixing Railway and road across Pakistan then on this. I have been travelling on GT road every other month and trust me every time one side of the road is under construction. Please note I live in Rawalpindi/ Islamabad and I travel on these routes every other day so please try to rationalize the things rather then defending such initiatives.Recommend

  • Sami

    Well kindly took the cars away from the Elite and Burger Bachas of Islamabad ( Essentially they are Elite because of the loot and plunder of their Bureaucrat fathers, , Fake NGO Mothers, military officers and Politicians) and then put them into 1C ( The Famous local Haunting Joyride), 111 and other local transport vans and I am pretty sure the next day he will be screaming Metro Metro and Metroooo!!!.Recommend

  • Asad

    Wow! Do you know the author? Or how he travels? Doesn’t matter whether he travels on foot or in a limousine. Every one observes and every one has an opinion. Please give your opinion on the subject and not the person raising the issue. Recommend

  • Naveed

    The guy doesn’t even realize that the bus service is not primarily for the elite of Islamabad. It’s a bus service from Rawalpindi to Islamabad. Meaning it will mainly benefit the people who travel from Rawalpindi to Islamabad and vice versa on a daily basis. The destruction of greenbelt is a myth. No trees are being cut during the construction of the route. I am not a huge fan of Metro Bus Service myself but for entirely different reasons. As far as benefiting people who travel via public transport is concerned, this is not all that gloomy a step that the blogger is trying on making it out to be. Yes there could be better, long term projects AND Karachi specially can do with one sooner than The Twin City but this blog? So far off the reality.Recommend

  • Muhammad Junaid Sial

    where do you think u can go after getting of the metro bus at the 9th Avenue. in islamabad even 1% of the islooties cannot benefit it for within city travel. its only going to blue area. Instead a simple bus service should be introduced do and Who in islamabad lives on the ninth avenue and is going to use the Metro buses while they have a car or more in one house I-8 G-8 G9 and I-9 with only few sub sectors touching the ninth avenue and by the way do look google earth. Do you think people in islamabad are first going to travel 15 to 20 minutes to get to metro bus and then a bus which is going nowhere but Blue area and do you think that a poor man who travels on metro bus is going to shop from blue area or centaurus.The Bus is going nowhere and are you ready to walk Kilometers after leaving the bus. Definitely Rawalpindi needs Transport system but in islamabad a simple bus service is sufficient and billions can be spent on rawalpindi on other routes.Recommend

  • Muhammad Junaid Sial

    The problem is to save the billions for which the already the Constructed avenue.Recommend

  • Muhammad Junaid Sial

    Can be usedRecommend

  • Nayyar Shafi

    Well Metro Buses cannot operate in Karachi because of the existing Mafia operating Mini-bus Business. Few years back Green Buses were imported and I haven’t seen a single one operating in Karachi. As for Multan, Multan needs wider roads. Metro Buses are a far-fetched idea for the city of Multan. I think Hyderabad is the perfect candidate for such a project.Recommend

  • Muneeb

    I couldn’t have said it any better than you just did, my friend. Elitists have no idea about what’s outside their tinted windows.Recommend

  • Wiki

    Mr writer have u ever traveled from G-10 to saddar ? on 1-CRecommend

  • Mansoor

    Then here’s my opinion on the subject. The article doesn’t even mention that the purpose of the metro is to ease the traffic congestion for people commuting between the twin cities on a daily basis. There’s always a gridlock on Islamabad highway, 9th avenue and other link roads between the twin cities in the wee hours of the morning and in the evening. The article doesn’t take into account that the metro is meant to facilitate people commuting between the twin cities on a daily basis. It’s usually working class folks who cannot afford to buy their own cars or bikes. Many such people actually live in Islamabad, believe it or not. It’s a little uncharted territory known as the G sectors.

    The article takes a subjective point of view without taking into account the thoughts of the people who actually use public transportation here. Then he goes on about how it’s ruining the greenery of the city. Time and time again it’s been emphasized how the metro line will not result in any damages to the trees alongside Jinnah Avenue. This reminds me of how there was a huge uproar about preservation of the green belts when they started constructing the 7th and 9th Avenues. Today, everyone praises them.

    The world is changing. Cities grow and need for infrastructural development grows. This is the 3rd largest metropolitan area in the country with absolutely no organized public transportation for the common man. Compromises have to be made. Just because a certain clique has the luxury to afford their own vehicles doesn’t mean the rest of the working class can afford the same. These 4 points are incredibly subjective and far from the realities that an average joe has to face.Recommend

  • Muhammad Junaid Sial

    where do you think a student from Islamabad which i know are the sectors of islamabad going to go to centaurus or blue area to study does the metro go on the kashmir highway or H-11 or 10 do you think you are gonna walk 2 miles to go to your university instead of laying a track and destroying the green belts and violating the masterplan the already layed ninth avenue should be used and a simple bus service should be used so that it travels in all islamabad and even and it will not take more than 10 to 15 minutes to reach even in the rush hours. And billions can be saved and people can go anywhere in islamabad or even the tourist spots whynot. The money can be spent in expanding the rawalpindi metro bus where the real problem stands.
    So please just for some thousands billions shouldnot be spent. By the CDA has not even completed the kashmir highway because it has no money,Recommend

  • Usman

    I am amazed how misguided this writer appears to be. Perhaps his thoughts are only reflecting his tender age. As well as Islamabad is well planned, it is foolish to say that it does not need metro. There is no mass transit infrastructure in place in the capital. Only roads are not enough. Roads will not cope with the increase of traffic. Having a dedicated metro track provides a national infrastructure which can be used in future for a train line providing services which you will see in cities like London, New York , Paris etc. Even our neighbors have put on a metro network in Delhi. I strongly back government to create more projects like these in every town and city.Recommend

  • Humza

    I don’t think the elite in Islamabad with cars understand and ignore the difficulties faced by common people going to work in Islamabad – Rawalpindi. Everyone I know supports the Metro Bus in Islamabad because they understand the need for efficient mass transit. Please travel a day from Pindi to Islamabad like I have done and then comment! Metro Bus Service of this type is seen as a low cost answer to transit problems in developing countries according to the UN who has done lots of work in this field. So rich people with cars won’t use the buses but the masses will! Look at how successful it is in Lahore despite people making up stories to discredit it. I hope all major cities in Pakistan can get it like the UN says because everyone has the right to efficient public transit – not judge the elite who want more roads and bridges for their Pujaros!Recommend

  • Saad

    I’d like to add, has the writer ever traveled on the Islamabad highway from Pindi during peak hours? Or anywhere within Pindi for that matter? I guess not, If he had, he wouldn’t have been writing this blog. It’s all well and good to have an opinion, but it would help if the person has some sort of idea about a subject before actually writing about it.Recommend

  • Spock

    Every city needs a metro. IF they dont need it now then they will need it in future but planning now is cheaper and better.
    Also metro bus empowers poor which i can understand why elites wont want.

    In Bangalore (which is a garden city), lot of trees were felled for metro, but according to an agreement they planted 10 trees for every tree they fell.Recommend

  • Waleed

    Karachi alone has an estimated population of 20 million (excluding IDPs!). Islamabad? A mere 2 million. Plus as the author has mentioned, Islamabad is a well planned city so it doesn’t have many traffic problems, whereas Karachi, a terribly planned one (even if it’s not, it’s management/administration certainly is), has the worst traffic system in the entire country! Traffic jams due to accidents, constructions, roads blocked due to the road being turned into a garbage dump yard, unhygienic and frustrating public transport vehicles, people not following the signals are a routine in Karachi, plus considering most of Karachi belongs to the very low/low/middle class, it needs a proper, well placed public transportation system more than any city in Asia I think! (Since it is the 5th largest city in the world). So instead of wasting it on Isb/Rwp they should spend it on Karachi, where the people need it atleast a billion times more than Islooites.Recommend

  • Sameer

    those who are against MBS and calling it Jungla bus.. they must travel on 1c on1 number route Hiace and they must try 22 number n 24 number Hiace then only they’ll able to understand the condition of Common Man..
    they are travelling in GLi or VTi and calling the MBS useless and wastage of money … people of Pindi/islamabad was waiting it since long time in 2003 to 2005 Varan bus was good option but the Mafia of Hiace able to blocked this services somehow… im student and travelling in these useless and more worst public transport which is not even suitable for Animals..Recommend

  • Shaban Malik

    What master plan? The master plan is long gone. Islamabad is as bad as Pindi now.Recommend

  • Muzammil

    Irony of ours is that we cannot maintain good things good enough. It isn’t about Elites. If residents of Islamabad pay hefty amounts of taxes every year to CDA, they have every right to protest and protect their city as it’s maintained by CDA on the revenues generated from the residents of Islamabad.Recommend

  • Saad Ayub

    “Middle classed students like me (we outpopulate people like the writer) who commute between the twin cities and spend over 500 rupees on a daily basis” Lol Wat.Recommend

  • sterry

    You shouldn’t take the Metro Bus Service then because there are hundreds of thousands of folks in Rawalpindi who are eagerly awaiting this. Let them take your spot! My relatives in Lahore love the Metro Bus!Recommend

  • Aamir Islam

    Do you actually think these buses will survive in Karachi for long..they burn buses every second day in some stupid protest :(Recommend

  • ZAHEER

    1.Traffic problem will increase with increase inpopulation.

    2.Trees cut wiil be minimum.However green belts will be cut .Plant more trees.
    By the way Islamabad has lot of toot trees which only add pollen allergy.

    3.Cheaper solution cannot be implemented due to political issues.

    Warran failure is an example.
    4.Similar metro bus service must be startedin other cities especially in Karachi.

    Metro transport system is essential
    for all metro cities.Writer shoud visit some internationalcities to see it.

    All in all excellent transport system like metro bus is the right of residents of twin cities and government must go for it. It will help people to get rid of DUBBA transport currently plying between twin cities.Recommend

  • ahsan

    yes,,, the writer is very right in his opinion and the points he raised seem to be very true,,, Islamabad doesn’t’ need this billion’s worth project at all,,, Government should rather focus on the miserable condition of poor people.Recommend

  • Ambreen Malik

    kiddo…this transport system is NOT for islamabad walas. It is to connect Rawalpindi and Islamabad. When you will start working in real world after your high school, you will see that MOST of you colleagues will be coming to work in Islamabad from Rawalpindi. For now may i request you to keep your opinion to yourself till you call yourself a Baron, finish high school and actually see how the real world works? Thank you!Recommend

  • ahmad

    @ sobha you are still living in the egg shell dude. face the real world!!!Recommend

  • Ahmad

    Another burger!!!Recommend

  • AYL

    Come on kid. Non sense.Recommend

  • shahzad

    what a waste of space is this article over internet.The writer don’t understand the world public transport.He don’t know what in future is coming towards islamabad.yes for now you don’t face any traffic problem in city but after 10 years you won’t have a place to park your car in islamabad.Plus you need to travel through public transport and needs to face the horror.There are 10 types of public transports in other countries metro bus,metro train,buses,tram.Cars and wide roads are not the solutions mass transport system is solutions.Recommend

  • Jawad

    what if i told you, i have travelled a lot on 1-c and 1 number, and 121, and 110 etc, and i can tell you, clearly, that metro bus system is unnecessary. the best system introduced was the varan, which, with expansion of roads for the general public, is a WAY better project.Recommend

  • Anwaar

    i think karachi needs a local train more than a metro busRecommend

  • Muhammad Junaid Sial

    Well I am not against the metro but the violations in Master Plan and instead billions can be saved by using the existing road as there is no such congested roads in islamabad it doesnot take more than 15mins to reach anywhere in islamabad and even less on the road on which the metro bus track is being laid and after metro starts the traffic is going to decrease and instead the billions can be saved which can be spent is anyother city and whynot extension of the metro bus in rawalpindi and the save the beautiful look of our capital. i think no one is against the metro bus but everyone who thinks that someone is against metro he is not. people are only against the track serperately being laid and how come we can destroy the what we call is “pehchan ” of our city.Recommend

  • sid

    unlike Lahore … lolsRecommend

  • usman

    Its only Good upto Rawalpindi,I think the transport system in islamabad is pretty much OK….as far as billions are concerned this money should be spend on Railways rather than on Metro bus projectRecommend

  • Parvez

    In essence it matters not what Islamabad or Rawalpindi NEED………its what our rulers WANT………is what matters.Recommend

  • Ryzvonusef

    If the Author had ever travelled in #124 wagon from F-8 to Faizabad, as people go back home in the evening… and had to endure 25 people stuffed in a 17-seater… then he would realise how DESPERATELY we need Public Transport.

    The look of people pitifully scrambling for space in wagons at Complex and Zero Point stops like as if they were scrambling for free sugar, and esp. women who mournfully look at the lack of seats… it’s despicable.

    And you will notice I only touched ONE route focusing solely on the Zone-I part of Isloo… if we consider the other five zones, and Pindi, it’s hilarious that someone would pen an article denouncing a public transport solution.Recommend

  • Ryzvonusef

    There are LOADS of institutes in Blue Area and nearby housing area.Recommend

  • Ryzvonusef

    Don’t be silly, it doesn’t go “only” to blue area, it goes all the way to secretariat.

    And it will be for the mali and sweeper and sales man who *work* in blue area and in the rich houses, not the house owners themselves.Recommend

  • PS

    I am just amazed at people who are calling the writer elitist, a burger-kid, etc. Stop attacking the writer and critique the argument. Your fallacious arguments don’t prove anything.Recommend

  • nishantsirohi123

    that is really sad.

    for a city that is the commercial hub for the country, a sorry state of public transport is disturbing

    whatever happened to the revival of circular railwayRecommend

  • Muhammad Junaid Sial

    I am not saying that it shouldnot be started and not the route i am talking instead it should be kept in the limits of pindi and an efficient simple bus system is enough for islamabad as it doesnot take more than 10 to 15 mins to reach anywhere in islamabad even in the rush hours. and if the flyover is made on Peshawar More G-9 and at the Jinnah Avenue and 9th Avenue which is going to be made in the near future any then why spend so much money will be saved which can be spent in Rawalpindi to extend the Metro Bus track. I think its useless to spend so much money for metro in islamabad.Recommend

  • Muhammad Junaid Sial

    You cannot deny facts.Recommend

  • Rana

    @Mansoor:
    I respectfully disagree with you. I am not denying with this fact as I also belong from those middle class people. The issues you have discussed are 110% correct. But the thing is, this issue can be resolved through a cheaper project by giving easy transport access to the people like us, to eradicate the mafia culture, by implementing a proper system. where are we standing? we don’t have basic necessities and we are asking for metro.
    Man, It does cost more than damn Rs. 38 billion.

    In our part of the world, everyone having the same issues so we should start metro all across pakistan?
    you know, In dubai nearly one million people use public transport daily. that is why they put a huge investment on that project. And in the other states like Abu dhabi (Capital), Sharjah, Ajman & the rest dont have metro. Although the people in other states are having issues in this regard but they cannot cater all the population by giving them metro facility. Because it needs huge investment and if the country like UAE thinks before investing (where investors all across the world wants to invest) than why not we?Recommend

  • Rana

    @disqus_Hh6f9g8qld:disqus: I respectfully disagree with you. I am not denying with this fact as I also belong from those middle class people. The issues you have discussed are 110% correct. But the thing is, this issue can be resolved through a cheaper project by giving easy transport access to the people like us, to eradicate the mafia culture, by implementing a proper system. where are we standing? we don’t have basic necessities and we are asking for metro. Man, It does cost more than damn Rs. 38 billion.

    In our part of the world, everyone having the same issues so we should start metro all across pakistan?
    you know, In dubai nearly one million people use public transport daily. that is why they put a huge investment on that project. And in the other states like Abu dhabi (Capital), Sharjah, Ajman & the rest dont have metro. Although the people in other states are having issues in this regard but they cannot cater all the population by giving them metro facility. Because it needs huge investment and if the country like UAE thinks before investing (where investors all across the world wants to invest) than why not we?Recommend

  • ayaz

    Well said mansoor, I can’t add a word. I think writer should travel pindi saddar to supermarket for a week and learn hard lesson.Recommend

  • Sparrow

    I think Islamabad needs a METRO BUS, but without a jungla. Given the width of Islamabad roads a designated lane for Metro Bus could be a better option.

    cheers.Recommend

  • Junaid

    Metro Bus ISD/RWP = Rs 45 billion (estimated by completion)

    HEC (runs unis in Pakistan) funding for 2013/14 = Rs 57 billion

    Health Punjab = Rs 82 billion

    Agriculture Punjab = Rs 13 billion

    Education Punjab = Rs 206 billion

    After the above stats I will let you be the judge whether government is doing the right thing or not. Only Punjab is mentioned since this project involves Punjab and centre.

    I should also mention that these are annual budget figures, meaning that all these sectors will be allocated a new amount next year but metro bus will not require any more funding from the government (ideally).

    My Oooopinion ! We could have done this alot cheaply and chucked that money into education or health, even agriculture.Recommend

  • Sparrow

    Mr. Wiki, did you really get what the writer is trying to say.Recommend

  • Ammar

    Dear Ahmed,
    Green belt besides 9th avenue has been ruined and destroyed since day before yesterday. as per CDA, they are trying to relocate the trees in blue area. the official plan was changed dramatically as the project managers discovered that since the buses takes large turning radius therefore it will be almost impossible to turn them on F-8 Exchange. Today and day before yesterday it is a mess and it wont end till the completion of the project.
    My assumption is that policy of “Work & Re-work” is going to rule for next couple of Years while duellers of the city will have to bear utility issues too besides enjoying this marvellous project.Recommend

  • javaria javed

    whatever you guys said is true as their own perspective but the whole point is 38 billion that does matter for the countries who is still developing .. it is purely cosmetic project it is better to serve this money for educating the children on one system .. so that atleast we appraise other’s like us ….. kindly focus what is good for Pak rather than your city.. in nutshell project should be developed according to currents needs (water crisis need attention in isloo)Recommend

  • http://www.naseerahmad.com/ Naseer Ahmad Mughal

    AgreedRecommend

  • asamieh

    Then You are Lying :)Recommend

  • asamieh

    100% agreed!!!!Recommend

  • asamieh

    Go on to the next Blog… The real Beneficiaries of Metro Bus are people
    who don’t even know what the hell is Facebook Twitter Internet and whats
    a BLOG!!!

    Cheers

    Alhamdulillah me Allah ka jitna shukar adda karo kaam hai I have a car… A Car purchased by myself by my Hard earned money HALAL RIZQ. I work in Blue Area and i know how my office boys cry telling how they come from low grade area of pindi to office…
    I will not be a beneficiary of Metro Bus but i 100% support it…Recommend

  • asamieh

    What master plan… travel on expressway Islamabad (actual) ends then Rawalpindi ends and a new Islamabad starts :)…
    Nothing known as Master Plan of Islamabad is “Known” now…
    Special thanks to Bureaucrats, Army and MALIK RIAZZRecommend

  • sobia

    joining so late, what if daewoo city bus
    started between rawalpindi and islo….Recommend

  • hamza

    *there are only 3 points where there is a need of underpasses / overhead bridges,
    1.peshawar more
    2.golara more near g-13
    3.in front of serena hotel(tokery)
    this might be accomplished in 1/2 of the price, incurred on metro bus project.
    *metro bus has no benefit for people of Islamabad, as the project does not facilitate people in O-9, G-9 to G-15 and F-10 to F-15 and E sectors.
    *none of the universities will get benefit like IIUI,NUST,FAST on the other side COMSATS,MAJU and so on.
    *moreover if every body remember (varan bus service), it was a good bus service, affordable and well managed. Such service was enough.
    *no offence but ,in short metro project in Islamabad is like kill a bee with a gun, or giving a graduate a taxi. PML(N) should really learn to macro manage issues.Recommend

  • hamza

    and that is ROOTS, head start etc etc,,,, and they can easily afford to buy a BUSSSSSS for them.Recommend

  • Ryzvonusef

    It makes NO sense to speed commuters along pindi track… then have them disembark, board another bus and then battle out traffic.

    Since the BULK of commuter traffic is from cheaper Pindi areas to common areas like Blue Area and Pak Secretariat, it makes sense to shuttle them quickly, removing their cars and bikes from traffic, easing traffic pressure and reducing fuel demand.Recommend

  • Hamid Hashmi

    well its started and its really funny that they destroyed newly constructed Agha Shahi road .. which was amazing ..
    one thing for sure that transport problem wasn’t that serious in twin cities i used public transport in student life its annoying, but still 43 billion for buses ????

    totally political strategy nothing else.

    lets see and hope for the best..Recommend

  • Agha Nawazish

    The problem that I see with this project has moral and well as practical basis. Moral in a sense that all the raw material for this project is being provided by Sharif brother set-ups. There was no tender thrown in the market or any other raw material provider contacted.

    Secondly, Mansoor is right in suggesting that the daily commute from RWP to ISB will be much easier, however, at what cost? The countless businesses on Murree road belt that are/will be suffering due to construction activities is beyond comprehension. Moreover, the employment losses to the local transport industry would be catastrophic? Who will provide the unemployed conductors, bus/rickshaw/taxi drivers jobs? Yes traffic will reduce and commuters will benefit but is their benefit greater than the benefit the existing business community on murree road or the transportation network operating there is already providing?
    Another aspect to think about over here is weighing the benefits of constructing a metro bus project here in Islamabad and one in Multan or any other large metropolitan city. To what extent is the existing business community damaged in Islamabad/pindi versus one in multan? Does it make practical/economic sense to give ISB preference over any other large metropolitan city
    My two cents….Recommend