Punjab Mass Transit Authority Moves Towards Commercialization of Metro Stations

Punjab Mass Transit Authority Moves Towards Commercialization of Metro Stations

The Board of Governors of the Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMTA) has given preliminary approval for implementing a business model at Metro Bus Service and Orange Line Metro Train stations. 

In a meeting held on Saturday, the board reviewed a proposal to establish stalls, retail outlets, ATMs, and vending machines across the stations. They also discussed introducing digital streamers, glass boards, and other advertising tools at these locales. 

The decision to extend the contract of the Bahawalpur-Lodhran Speedo Bus Service received the board’s approval. They also greenlighted the concept of engaging a private contractor for the Lodhran Bus Service via the Punjab Transport Company. 

Interim Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi chaired the meeting and directed the enhancement of the Bahawalpur transport system. The board also reviewed matters concerning the Islamabad and Rawalpindi Metro Bus services. 

The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretary, IG of Police, Chairman of the Planning and Development Board, Finance and Transport Secretaries, PMTA officials, and other senior officers. The Deputy Commissioner of Bahawalpur was present via a video link. 

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In a subsequent meeting, the Lahore Commissioner and the Director-General of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) apprised the interim CM of a newly constructed shopping and walking zone in Johar Town, spread over 130 kanals of land. 

The arena provides business prospects for 84 units, rooftop restaurants, parking facilities for over 500 vehicles, and children’s recreational amenities including a zip line, roller coaster, and amusement park. 

The interim CM toured pavilions themed in Italian, American, Chinese, Spanish, and Mughal styles and urged for a swift, transparent auction of the project. He further instructed the officials to ensure the completion of the Akbar Chowk flyover project by August. 

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