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PM Shehbaz orders inquiry into Islamabad metro delay

Premier expresses disappointment over delays in project, terms it sheer negligence

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday ordered an inquiry into the unusual delay in the commencement of metro bus service from Islamabad’s Peshawar Mor station to the Islamabad International Airport.

The prime minister lamented the fact that the project, which had been initiated by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government in 2017, with a projected completion time of a year, had not been finished till date.

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Construction of the 25.6km long metro track with an expenditure of Rs16 billion was initiated in January 2017. The project was started by the National Highway Authority (NHA) and was scheduled to be completed in August 2018. However, the project was delayed with its civil work being completed only last year.

The federal government directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to take over from the National Highways Authority in March last year which started to procure buses for the project.

Officials from both NHA and the CDA briefed PM Shehbaz about the project today during his visit today.

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According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, the premier expressed disappointment regarding the delay in the project, calling it a severe negligence. He pointed out that Rs16 billion rupees had been spent on the project so far.

 

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