Still suspended, Metro Bus Service faces a loss of Rs. 38.5m In 11 days
Daily Rs3.5 million are lost due to the closure of the bus service and it will further increase in the coming days if the sit-in continued.
The Metro Bus Service between Rawalpindi and Islamabad has lost Rs. 38.5 million, as it has been suspended for 11 days straight due to JUI-I(F)’s sit-in on Kashmir Highway and H-9 ground.
The bus service of the twin cities was closed one day before the Azadi March reached Islamabad on 31st October for security purposes. The bus depot, adjacent to the H-9 group was sealed and the buses were parked in Saddar, Rawalpindi.
“We will start the bus service on the advice of the local administration as the bus depot has been in custody of the Islamabad administration for the last 12 days and is sealed. The fuel station and workshop for the buses are also located in the bus depot and without fuel and maintenance the buses cannot be operated,” – said Shamila Mohsin, Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMTA) Rawalpindi-Islamabad Manager Operation.
As per her, the buses couldn’t be used in Rawalpindi, also because the local administration hadn’t given the green signal for it yet. Ms. Shamila said that due to the suspension, they are facing a loss of Rs. 3.5m daily and this amount will go up if the sit-in goes on.
“Daily Rs3.5 million are lost due to the closure of the bus service and it will further increase in the coming days if the sit-in continued,” – she revealed.
She said that about 100,000 passengers every day used the metro bus as a mean of transport between Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
The commuters also suffered due to the closure of the metro bus, as public transport on routes of Murree Road from Marrir Chowk to Faizabad has been canceled by Regional Transport Authority, and the commuters have to use taxis or take the long route to get to their destinations.
Suhail Ahmed, a resident of Committee Chowk, said that he had to walk all the way to Chandni Chowk to get a car for Islamabad. He stated that the administration wasn’t taking any steps to resolve the issue.
According to Mohammad Kamran, a resident of Mohanpura, public transport was a lot more expensive than Metro. He said that the government had increased public transport fares and yet, the metro was affordable.
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