Punjab government greenlights ambitious public transport and housing initiatives.

In a significant move aimed at enhancing public welfare, the Punjab government has approved a comprehensive project to revolutionize the public transport system across major cities. This initiative, a testament to Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz’s commitment to her inaugural promises, will see 657 eco-friendly buses navigating the streets of Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur, and other urban centers.

In addition to the urban bus project, the provincial administration has given the green light to another groundbreaking initiative: the provision of 20,000 electric bikes. Scheduled for launch on May 9, this endeavor seeks to promote sustainable mobility and address the transportation needs of the populace. Furthermore, Chief Minister Nawaz has mandated the establishment of dedicated school bus projects in each district, particularly focusing on ensuring safe transportation for female students.

These modern buses are designed to operate on a hybrid system, utilizing both diesel and electricity. This innovative approach not only aids in combating pollution but also contributes to mitigating the challenges posed by climate change. Recognizing the pressing need for efficient mass transit systems, especially in light of skyrocketing transportation costs, this initiative underscores the government’s commitment to prioritizing public health and environmental sustainability.

The persistent high levels of pollution, particularly during the hazardous smog season from October to January, have underscored the urgency of such initiatives. The resultant health hazards and strain on the healthcare system highlight the critical need for proactive measures to address environmental challenges.

Moreover, the introduction of electric bikes holds promise for empowering women by facilitating independent mobility and enhancing access to education and employment opportunities. Chief Minister Nawaz, during a recent meeting, emphasized the importance of reducing financial barriers for students participating in the electric bike project, acknowledging the government’s responsibility to alleviate the economic burdens faced by the populace amidst alarming inflation rates.

Senior officials including Senior Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Advisor to the CM Pervaiz Rasheed, Transport Minister Bilal Akbar Khan, Saania Ashiq MPA, along with other key stakeholders, convened to discuss the implementation of these initiatives, reflecting the government’s collaborative approach towards addressing societal challenges.

In a parallel endeavor, the chief minister was briefed on the progress of the low-cost housing project, aimed at constructing 100,000 units for low-income groups. Emphasizing the importance of affordable housing, Chief Minister Nawaz directed authorities to explore measures to reduce construction costs and installment payments, reaffirming the government’s commitment to inclusive development and social equity.