CM refuses to accept LTC chairmans plea to resign

LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has refused to accept the resign of Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan and advised him to continue work on the top post of LTC, however, the move further exposed the misfortune of Lahore urban transport sector, TheNation has learnt. About a week ago, the LTC Chairman had submitted his resign to the CM and went for performing Umrah in Saudi Arabia after working three months on the position. He is reportedly coming back on April 9, which would decide the uncertainty once again badly covering the LTC - the company responsible to stream line urban passenger transport system in Lahore. Amid pledges and claims of bringing revolution in City transport system, Khawaja Hassaan, who is also close ally of Sharif Brothers, had taken the charge of LTC Chairman in December 2010. He had then replaced by the bureaucrat Tasneem Noornai, who, as per sources, had resigned after Punjab CM had irked Noorani by terming his performance below standards. The sources said the then appointment of Mr Hassan was also backed by the CMs Advisor Zulfiqar Khosa. As per sources, even in three months, he tried his best to bring investment from the foreign transport companies in Lahore. Khawaja visited Turkey and also took on board some local transporters, but there had been not any visible improvement seen at City routs. The buses at some routs, for example from Railways Station to Airport, at Multan Road, at Canal Road, which were plying earlier in little quantity, had become invisible for last three months, the sources said. No one is enthusiastic to invest in transport system, until unless the investors are being ensured security besides clean and wide roads with proper planning and monitoring, they further claimed. The City needed about 3,000 buses to meet the demand of thousands of commuters facing severe problem at routs, the sources said adding 'not more than 250 buses are playing at routs currently. The LTC had aligned 53 routes on which more than 30 routes had been non-operational since the establishment, the sources claimed. From the very day of his government, Punjab CM is keen to bring 'new buses in huge quantity, but, instead of new arrival, the old were leaving, sources informed. No one knows that the LTC, with 300 transport inspectors, good salaries to its employees, beautiful building and allocation of Rs 1.065 billion annual budget would take how many years to decide the fate of thousands of daily commuters facing none but hitches.

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