RAWALPINDI: Only 35 metro buses are operating between the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, while the other half are still parked at the bus depot, due to a lukewarm response from commuters.
The Punjab government procured 68 metro buses to run between Rawalpindi and Islamabad, on a route that cost Rs44.8 billion to construct. The project is considered one of the most expensive in the country.
A senior official from the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) told Dawn that less than 30 buses were operating on the metro bus route due to a lack of passengers.
He said that 80,000 passengers, on average, use the service to commute between the twin cities daily, despite the government’s claim that 150,000 passengers would use the service every day.
He said the government’s estimates had proven incorrect, and that the number of commuters had not increased in six months. He added that the government planned to procure 32 more buses, since it constructed a bus depot at Peshawar Mor that can accommodate over 100 buses.