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RDA Awards Maintenance Contract of Rawalpindi Metrobus Service

Metrobus Service

The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) has awarded the contract for the maintenance and repair of the nine-kilometre elevated corridor of the Rawalpindi section of the Metrobus service. This service, operational for the past nine years, connects Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Due to significant deterioration, the elevated corridor has caused passenger inconvenience and jolts to the metro buses. The maintenance work, valued at Rs. 620 million and awarded to Salman Enterprises, is expected to be completed within six months. Initially, the RDA sought pre-qualification from contractor firms for a contract worth Rs. 625 million, covering the stretch from Rawalpindi Saddar to Faizabad.

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Launched on June 3, 2015, the Metrobus service spans a 24-kilometre track from Rawalpindi Saddar to the Pak Secretariat in Islamabad, built at a cost of Rs. 44 billion. Despite its success, a lack of maintenance has left the track in a dilapidated state. The first phase of the project focuses on repairing the nine-kilometre track within Rawalpindi’s limits to prevent the opening of track joints and ensure comprehensive repairs. 

The second phase will address the 14-kilometre route from Faizabad to Pak Secretariat, with the Capital Development Authority (CDA) overseeing the work. Funds for the first phase have been released by the Pakistan Mass Transit Authority. This metro bus service, crucial for approximately 200,000 daily passengers, remains a vital link between the twin cities.

Completion of the maintenance and repair work is expected to significantly enhance the safety and comfort of this essential transit service.