LAHORE: After Punjab government lifted the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions, the local administration has decided to resume Metro Bus service in twin cities from tomorrow (Wednesday) with prescribed Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs).
The local administration has informed all operators about the resumption of bus service in this regard.
At least 13000 passengers used to travel via Metro bus daily to get to different places between Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Many people would leave their cars and motorbikes in the parking area and took the bus to city centre, and on the way back, they would drive home in their vehicles, the officer explained.
The bus service will resume from Wednesday while the administration will issue the Standard Operating Procedures today.
The operations of Metro Bus service was suspended in March after the government imposed lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
It is pertinent to mention here that Punjab had lifted the lockdown yesterday, allowing all sectors except marriage halls and educational institutes to operate under safety measures outlined by the government.
The Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department issued a notification following the decisions made in the August 6 meeting of the National Coordination Committee wherein it was decided to lift the restrictions on all sectors on August 10 and resume educational activities from Sept 15.
Earlier today, Punjab reported 109 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the province’s total number of confirmed infections to 94,586.
Previously, due to closure of Metro Bus service, an increased numbers of cars and bikes were entering the city’s main commercial areas creating a traffic snarl daily. Due to severe traffic pressure on the link roads, Liaquat Bagh Road, Sixth Road, Chandni Chowk, Asghar Mall Road, Committee Chowk, Iqbal Road, traffic jams have become common place during the working days.