ADB to assist CDA’s Rapid Transit System

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide assistance for carrying out the feasibility study for running the CDA Rapid Transit System (BRTS) for the capital city. The study will be completed in September 2012, however, work on the project already initiated by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) will continue expeditiously. Provision of the decent public transport facility is the priority of the authority and the service will soon be launched after completing necessary modalities for this purpose.
CDA Chairman Engineer Farkhand Iqbal stated this while presiding over a meeting by a delegation of BRTS Projects here on Thursday.
The chairman said that CDA had already allocated a vast area for establishing a modernised terminal in Islamabad equipped with bus stand, shopping mall and allied facilities. He said in the first instance, the service will be launched for Bhara Kau, Golra Sharif, Pak Secretariat, Faizabad and other areas of the federal capital to facilitate the general public. He said public transport facility was one of the basic requirements of the city which had been neglected during the successive regimes. He said the PMO director, traffic engineering director and project director of the programme would come up with their recommendations after detailed deliberations and would submit a detailed report to the CDA board at the earliest. The meeting was attended by Member Environment Mian Waheed-ud-Din, Member Engineering Ibrar Hussain Shah, Member Estate Khalid Mahmud Mirza, Member Finance Javed Jehangir and Member Administration Shaukat Ali Mohmand.