The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) officially commenced repair and rehabilitation efforts at the 6th Road Metro Bus Station on Wednesday. The project, expected to conclude by the end of December, comes with a price tag of approximately Rs99 million.
6th Road Metro Bus Station Repair Progress
The Sixth Road Metro Bus Station suffered extensive damage on May 9 when protesters, in response to the arrest of PTI chief Imran Khan, vandalized and set the station ablaze. Following these incidents, a committee was formed by Rawalpindi Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chattha to assess the damage to various metro stations and submit an inspection report. The committee’s findings, presented on May 14, prompted the Punjab Mass transit Authority (PMA) to approach the RDA for the restoration of the Sixth Road Metro Bus Station.
After months of delays, the repair work has finally commenced. Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chattha visited the site to inspect the progress and expressed satisfaction that the rehabilitation work, halted for six months, was now underway. He instructed the relevant authorities to ensure the completion of the reconstruction within 45 days.
Funds amounting to Rs99 million were allocated by the caretaker provincial government for the rehabilitation of the Sixth Road Metro Bus Station. Commissioner Chattha disclosed that in the second phase, Rs34 million would be allocated to repair partially damaged bus stations, including Faizabad, Khatam-i-Nabuwat (Shamsabad), and Committee Chowk.
The scope of civil works encompasses the replacement of damaged doors (emergency exit), signboards, tempered glass, granite, ticket booths, and metal cladding, among other components. Electrical works will involve the replacement of panel boards, wires, lights, and fans. Notably, the RDA will not handle the repair of elevators and escalators, as these tasks will be undertaken by the masstransit authority next month.
Significance of the 6th Road Metro Bus Station
Commissioner Chattha emphasized that over 100,000 individuals benefit from the metro bus service daily and highlighted that the rehabilitation of the metro station would greatly ease the lives of area residents. Due to the station’s damage, commuters have faced challenges for the past four months, being compelled to travel to Rehmanabad Bus Station or Shamsabad Bus Station for metro bus services originating from the Sixth Road area.