The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) authorities is predicted to proceed metro bus providers in Punjab and Islamabad however will take measures to attenuate reliance on authorities subsidies and switch it right into a self-sustainable service.
“As big cash has been spent on metro bus initiatives in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Multan, it could not be a smart choice to halt its operations,” mentioned PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry.
He mentioned that metro bus providers come underneath the provincial authorities’s jurisdiction and after taking cost of the federal government affairs, Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan could be given a detailed briefing on metro bus initiatives.
Chaudhry mentioned that at present big subsidies are being wasted on the metro bus providers that are a burden on the federal government exchequer. The federal authorities alone is bearing round Rs 2 billion subsidies on Islamabad-Rawalpindi metro bus providers yearly.
Completely different choices together with rising fare and working it on Bus Speedy Transit system (Peshawar-BRT) mannequin could be deliberated upon to make metro bus service self-sustainable, PTI spokesperson added.
The federal government wouldn’t give subsidy for the BRT challenge, because the mannequin adopted to assemble the BRT service is a third era mannequin that’s working in China.
Compared to Lahore, Islamabad and Multan metro service that are solely working on a single route, Peshawar metro will function eight totally different routes throughout town with a fleet of 450 buses. Additionally it is estimated that Trans Peshawar will facilitate four.5 million commuters.
At the moment, round 50 metro buses between Rawalpindi and Islamabad are being operated whereas the remainder are parked on the depot on account of much less variety of commuters. Round 100,000 passengers use metro bus every day towards the goal of greater than 150,000 commuters per day. In consequence, the provincial authorities didn’t deliver extra buses on the route.
Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMA) officers revealed that about 100 p.c improve in Islamaabd-Rawalpindi metro bus is predicted in coming months as with the present fare, the service shouldn’t be sustainable. The fare within the metro buses is Rs 20 per passenger which can improve as much as Rs 40-50 per passenger. The federal government should both improve the subsidies or improve fare to make the service sustainable, sources informed.
Based mostly on bus observe size, the federal authorities is paying 60 p.c of the subsidy and the remainder is being paid by the Punjab authorities on Islamabad-Rawalpindi metro bus service. On behalf of the federal authorities, the Capital Growth Authority (CDA) is bearing over 60 p.c of the subsidy value for the metro service. CDA needed to pay round Rs four.23 billion by June 30, 2018 as per the settlement.
The bus service between the dual cities was began in 2015 however the matter of subsidy was undecided for the primary 12 months and a half.
The federal authorities then surrendered to the calls for of the Punjab authorities and determined it would pay for almost all of the subsidy by way of CDA. Of the 24 kilometer observe, 14km is in Islamabad and 10km in Rawalpindi. In December 2016, Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Anser Aziz, who was additionally CDA chairman on the time, signed an settlement with PMA to this impact.