Metro Bus

The Metro Bus system has been launched in Lahore city. As per the local wisdom, much criticism is being heaped in its direction….mostly by the so called experts and social scientists…education and health was the priority….Shahbaz Sharif had some other ulterior motives, land development, favoritism to friends and relatives….you name it and you can have it….the whole load of conspiracy theories doing the round…
What is lost in this highly ‘constructive debate’ is that a metro system primarily caters to the common man in a city….it also promotes reduction in the carbon load and reduces drastically the energy consumption levels….it can if properly handled lead to viable land use development or what can be phrased as ‘transit oriented development’…all outcomes that can be termed as high value dividends…it also provides as a first a fairly viable if not the best possible public transit option for a Pakistan city…
It can also be said with some degree of confidence that it compares pretty favorably with the Karachi planners answer to the traffic challenges in Karachi – the Chinqui..!!! what an unfortunate sight it is….for a city the size of Karachi and in this age of technological innovation….the poor Karachites are forced to stuff themselves in a bicycle rickshaw!!

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