RAWALPINDI - Provincial Minister for Labour and Manpower, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, has said that the government is striving hard to provide best travel facilities to the citizens including women.
He said this while inaugurating 12-wagons "Tabeer" transport service for women at a ceremony here on Monday. PML-N MNAs Malik Abrar Ahmed and Tahira Aurangzeb, MPAs Malik Iftikhar Ahmed, Zaib-un-Nisa, Sobia Satti, and Muhammad Hanif Advocate, former MPA Zia Ullah Shah, Regional Police Officer Umar Akhtar Hayyat Lalayka, Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Syed Ishtiaq Hussain Shah, Secretary Regional Transport Authority (RTA) Owais Shahid Tarar, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall and many others were also present on the occasion.
The minister said that the aim of the government was to facilitate the women and female students of garrison city and to make ensure their timely arrival at workplaces and educational institutions. He said that the service named "Tabeer" comprising 12 vans would ply on two routes from Rawalpindi Saddar to Islamabad Secretariat and would provide the service from 7:00am to 7:00pm. He said that more vans would be included in the service to facilitate the women. He said that the van service would be extended on other routes. "It is vision of the provincial government to improve the transport network in all the cities," he added.
Raja, while referring towards Metro Bus Service Project, said that an 8.5 kilometres elevated bridge would be constructed from Saddar to Faizabad because of lack of space in the city. He said that the opponents criticised MBS in Lahore but later the opponents appreciated it and now felt comfortable travelling in the buses. He said the service would continue even after the completion of metro bus project and would be widened to other routes. "The passengers will be charged the same fare as other public transport service. Ladies conductors were hired for the service so that women could feel easy," he said, adding that the service would be available to women from today (Monday).
He said that women appreciated the efforts.