The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) is set to commence reconstruction work on the Sixth Road Metro Bus Station, which PTI protesters damaged on May 9 following the arrest of party chief Imran Khan. The project, estimated to cost Rs99 million, will be completed within one month.
The Sixth Road Metro Bus Station, a crucial transportation hub, was rendered non-functional for the past five months due to the severe damage caused during the protests. However, the RDA is now determined to restore the station to full functionality.
Sixth Road Metro Bus Station Multi-Phase Repair Plan
RDA Director General Saif Anwar Jappa confirmed that the repair work on the Sixth Road Metro Bus Station would begin next week, with an expenditure of Rs99 million. He also stated that the three other damaged metro stations on the route between Rawalpindi and Islamabad, specifically Faizabad, Shamsabad, and Committee Chowk, will be addressed in the second phase, starting in December. A sum of Rs34 million has been allocated for the repair of these partially damaged stations.
The RDA conducted a thorough survey of the affected buildings and found that the structures themselves remained intact. Therefore, the repair and renovation work will focus on restoring the station’s functionality and appearance. It is expected that the repair work will commence next week and be completed by the end of November.
The closure of the Sixth Road station had created significant inconveniences for commuters, who had to travel to alternative stations to catch metro buses for their daily commutes between Rawalpindi and Islamabad. RDA’s efforts to restore these critical transportation facilities are aimed at ensuring the smooth flow of public transport services.
RDA Chief emphasized that more than 100,000 people benefit daily from the Rawalpindi-Islamabad metro bus service, and the station’s closure had caused hardships for them. He assured that within the next two months, all bus stations would be fully restored and operational, providing much-needed relief to the commuting public.