Peshawar Morr – New Islamabad Airport Metro Bus infrastructure construction project is near completion and expected to be functional soon
It could not be completed in stipulated time due to reasons beyond control of the National Highway Authority.
The impediments, included relocation of utility lines, land acquisition from sensitive departments, issuance of No Objection Certificate for construction activities from certain departments such as Civil Aviation Authority, funds constraints, huge traffic flow and inclement weather. The Communications Ministry had been highlighting the issue of funds constraints at various levels which was one of the reasons in delay. NHA had been entrusted by the then government to execute civil work of the project which came under the jurisdiction of the Capital Development Authority (CDA). Moreover, NHA responsibility was to accomplish the infrastructure and it had nothing to do with running of the bus service.
Almost 90 percent work of metro project from Peshawar Morr to new airport has been completed so far and the project is expected to be functional in the current financial year, subject to timely release of funds. So far 25.6 kilometres road track for the project has been completed, while work on electrical part of the project is under way. The work on the 25.6 kilometre extension of the metro bus to New Airport had started in January 2017 and was planned to be completed that year to coincide with the inauguration date for the new airport.
Under the ongoing fiscal PSDP for construction of the infrastructure and allied works for Metro Bus Services Peshawar Morr – New International Airport, Rs 3533.661 million were allocated which had already been issued. The estimated cost of the project was Rs 16,427.9 million and expenditure occurred till June 30, 2019, was Rs 8,959.6 million, while throw forward amount was Rs 7,468.3 million. For the upcoming PDSP, Rs 1500 million have been allocated for the project. Expenditure occurred till June 2020, was Rs 11679.605 million, and throw forward amount stood at Rs 4748.275 million.
The project had been divided into four packages including package-I, an 8km-long stretch from Peshawar Morr to the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), package-II an 8km-long stretch from NUST to the Grand Trunk (GT) Road. Package-III is an 8.3km-long stretch from GT road to the Motorway interchange, whereas the Package-IV starts from Motorway Inter change and finishes at Airport.
The route has nine bus stations including NHA station near G-9 signal, Sector G-10, NUST, Sector G-13, GT Road, Badana Kalan, M1-M2 Junction and at the airport. The project comprises eight bridges, 14 underpasses and 28 culverts.