Metro Bus in Lahore, a recent wave in entire Pakistan that has taken the country by storm. A country that has become habitual of seeing public buses rushing their way through, honking their horns away and polluting the atmosphere with clouds and clouds of smoke is now on the verge of experiencing a completely new and organized public transport system, thanks to technology and money!
At this point in time, where all the major cities in Pakistan are in dire need of a modernized public transport system, the introduction of MBS service in Lahore by the Punjab Government in collaboration with Turkish Government has definitely got to be a founding step towards success in this regard. Metro bus in Lahore was inaugurated by Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bakir Bozdage and The Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on 10th February 2013. The inauguration of MBS service in Lahore was held at Nishtar Colony Depot, it was attended by many important people including parliamentarians, leaders of various political parties and foreign diplomats and ambassadors.
The project of metro bus in Lahore has already created much of hype among the masses who are expecting that this development will definitely ease up their lives. The MBS service in Lahore has started with 45buses dispatched from China that will be employed on a 27 kilometer long route. Each bus employed in MBS service is Lahore is supposed to cover its route in 55 minutes. The route starts from Gujjumatta to Shahdara. Each of the buses would have the capacity to accommodate 150 passengers with separate compartments for men and women.
The MBS Service in Lahore is said to revolutionize the conventional public transport in the country. In order to provide the masses of the country with more ease and comfort, the fares of metro bus in Lahore are free for the first 4 weeks and later they would charge Rs. 30. As far as the route of the metro bus is Lahore is concerned, it will be covering 27 stations in all. Each of the stations has information counters to facilitate passengers. However, some of the stations of the MBS service in Lahore are still under construction and will be completed soon. The metro bus in Lahore has 109 escalators, however, all of them are not functional as till yet. Even at the time of inauguration of the metro bus in Lahore, some of the escalators were not working.
The construction of the metro bus service in Lahore had affected the city to great extent, but now that it has been completed, the benefits of it will defiantly cover it up. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has also announced a gratuity for all the construction workers as a reward of their hardworking to make the project a success. Metro Bus in Lahore is definitely a stepping stone towards a modernized public transport in Pakistan and all we hope is that the Punjab Government manages it effectively and remains consistent in what it has promised to deliver.