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- Thursday, May 24, 2012 - From Print Edition


LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that the provincial government, under a comprehensive policy, was spending billions of rupees on provision of modern public transport facilities to the people.


Addressing a meeting regarding the launching of new public transport system, the chief minister said that a new system of air conditioned public transport was being introduced in big cities for the benefit of the people. A modern system of public transport, he added, had been launched in Lahore and Faisalabad while modern and comfortable bus service would soon be available to the people of other cities as well.


Under public transport scheme, 1200 buses manufactured by Chinese company Ankai were being acquired which would revolutionize the transport system, the CM said and added that the scheme would rid the people of the obsolete and uncomfortable public transport buses and they would reach their destination easily.


Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that public transport system was the identity of a developed and civilized society and result-oriented measures had been taken for the improvement of public transport system during the last four years which had especially benefited the common man.


He said that the government had also decided to give the facility of concessionary tickets to the students and a flat rate of Rs 10 had been proposed for the benefit of students. He said that student cards would be of modern design and it would not be possible to copy them. The CM informed the meeting that trackers would also be installed in the public transport buses to ensure that the buses should complete their routes.