Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has made the decision to create its own Islamabad Public Transport Wing to manage the operations of metro bus services in Islamabad.
A legislative process was also started to create the Islamabad Mass transit Authority, but for a variety of reasons it never took place.
As a result, the federal government gave the CDA temporary control over the Orange Line Metro Bus Service, which runs along a designated corridor from Peshawar Mor to New International Airport.
On the orders of the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, two additional metro routes—the green and blue lines—that run between Bhara Kahu and the PIMS Hospital and Koral Chowk were also launched. The CDA was also handed control of their operations.
Furthermore, CDA is also working to acquire buses to run 13 feeder routes connecting them to metro bus lines from various locations throughout the city.
The CDA’s Engineering Wing has proposed to establish a dedicated wing led by a deputy director general for the efficient operation of the metro bus services.
It is to be noted that the wing will have two directors, a director of operations and a director of infrastructure development, according to the proposal. While the infrastructure directorate will have two distinct civil and electrical divisions, the operations directorate will have its own field teams. For this wing, the CDA will hire 78 additional officials on a contract basis.
Currently, the authority is managing such massive operations solely through a director and a project director with a small number of allied staff. However, in light of the growing workload, this proposal has been made.
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