ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Communications Hafiz Abdul Karim said that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqaan Abbasi will likely inaugurate the Islamabad Metro Bus Project on November 15, 2017.

Federal minister expressed these views during his detailed visit to under construction Islamabad Metro Bus Project from Peshawar Morr to New Islamabad International Airport here on Wednesday.

According to a statement issued here, Hafiz Abdul Karim stressed the need to gear up pace of work on the Project and urged to utilize all available resources to ensure quality completion of the Metro Bus Track.

He will again visit the project by end of this month, he added.

On the occasion, Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA), Shahid Ashraf Tarar briefed the minister about the project.

Tarar said that the total length of the Metro Bus Track from Peshawar Morr to New Islamabad International Airport is 25.6 km and it is divided into four packages. Length of 1st package from Peshawar Morr to Golra Morr is 8km, 2nd Package up to G.T Road Interchange is 3.8 km.

Likewise, 3rd Package is 8.3 km long up to M-1/M-2 interchange, while last Package up to New Islamabad International Airport is 5.5km long.

Chairman added that 08 stations and one interchange will also be constructed adding that short delay in the project happened due to torrential rains during the last two months.

However, he continued, construction activities presently are in progress round the clock and will be completed by November 15, 2017. The project will be completed at cost of Rs. 19.70 billion.  

Federal Secretary Communications Muhammad Siddique Memon, Chairman NHA Shahid Ashraf Tarar and senior officers of NHA & Ministry of Communications also accompanied the federal minister.