Speaking at the ceremony, PM Sharif said the Multan Metro bus project has been completed in the least amount of time possible and work would start soon on the remaining project.
‘Contrary to the suggestions of many, the government decided to set the Multan Metro bus fare at Rs20, because the same is charged in Lahore and Islamabad.’
He iterated that the project will greatly benefit the underprivileged of Multan, saying “I don’t understand how they travelled” before.
In an indirect reference to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, the PM said governments of other provinces promised to build a “Naya Pakistan” but their cities had no “Metro bus” or any other efficient transport facility.
“Where is naya Pakistan?” If someone wants to see naya Pakistan being built, they should come to Multan,” he told the audience in attendance, which included former PTI president Javed Hashmi.
The premier took a ceremonial ride on one of the buses to formally kick off the service, which will initially operate 35 buses.
The mammoth project has been completed at a cost of over Rs28.88bn.