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Private sector

to be invited

to operate bus

service in Lahore

LAHORE: Haji Iqbal Ghurki, the newly inducted provincial Transport Minister, said on Friday that private sector would soon be allowed to operate bus service on various routes in the city to provide people an efficient transport system.

In his first ever interview with APP after making his debut as a minister in the Punjab Cabinet, Haji Iqbal Ghurki, said that the Lahoriites are facing acute transport problem and they are compelled to use their private transport which has resulted in choking almost all important roads during peak hours.

Ghurki clarified that routes would be auctioned to the qualified transport companies on merit and laid-down criteria. He said only such companies would be allowed which could at least ply ten new buses on a given route.

But routes of the transporters would be forfeited if they go in for over-speeding or over-stuffing as is the case with wagons which observe no by-laws presently.

He said uniform rules would be laid down and the services would be made as efficient as in foreign countries so that more and more people switchover to public transport once they start relying on it. He said the government role would only be supervision for which inspectors would be appointed from the surplus pool of the department.

The minister who was accompanied by Khalid Ghurki, MNA, during the interview, said that the objective is to provide people a facility and not to create another nuisance for them. He said this is the first gift that he wants to give to the people of Lahore from where he was elected an MPA.-APP

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