With good reason, Islamabad has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most attractive cities. With the natural splendor of the Margalla Hills as a backdrop, it has a masterfully constructed infrastructure as Pakistan’s administrative capital. The presence of iconic government buildings adds to the beauty of the city’s skyline. The town is jointly run by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA), and it has a lovely horticultural landscape and a well-established road system. This blog will discuss Islamabad’s most recent infrastructural improvements, laying the groundwork for the city’s bright future.
THE LATEST INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN PAKISTAN
The capital city is today more advanced than ever, with the construction of new expressways and flyovers, improvements to public transportation, and the adoption of cutting-edge traffic safety and management systems. Let’s learn about recent and significant infrastructure updates.
SYSTEM OF BUS RAPID TRANSIT (AKA METRO BUS ISLAMABAD)
The 83-kilometre-long Metro Bus Islamabad serves commuters in the twin cities and is based on various bus lines. Thanks to it, residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad may commute in safety, comfort, and dependability. Recently, this BRT system was expanded to include four routes, each of which is served by several bus lines. It is important to note that this Islamabad mass transit project was built and deployed in two stages. The Red Line was launched in the initial phase in 2015. The second phase was then started earlier this year, seven years later. The Orange Line, Blue Line, and Green Line were introduced in the capital city, extending the route in various directions.
The Punjab Mass transit Authority oversees the modern BRT system Metro (PMA). Metro Bus Lahore and Metro Bus Multan are both run by the same organisation. This Bus Rapid Transit System, one of Islamabad’s most cutting-edge infrastructure projects, is built on a fleet of modern air-conditioned buses.
The regular schedule for the Islamabad Metrobus is 6.15 am to 10 pm. In Islamabad, the cost of a metro bus ride begins at just PKR 30. It is the most affordable option to take a fantastic ride in the nation’s capital.
BUS LINES AND ROUTE DETAILS
The Orange Line of the Islamabad Metrobus is the longest route out of the four while having the fewest bus stops. Let’s find out more about the BRT network right away.
Red Line Route: Saddar to Pak Secretariat
Length: 22.5 km
Number of Stations: 24
Orange Line Route: Peshawar Morr to Airport
Length: 25.6 km
Number of Stations: 7
Blue Line Route: PIMS to Gulberg
Length: 20 km
Number of Stations: 13
Green Line Route: PIMS to Barakahu
Length: 15.5 km
Number of Stations: 8
SECURE CITY PROJECT
One of Islamabad’s most well-known infrastructure initiatives, the Safe City Project, was launched in 2010 with the goals of efficiently managing the city’s transportation system and keeping an eye on all criminal activity on the streets. The Safe City programme also monitors and regulates excessive speeding. Anyone guilty of exceeding the city’s established speed limit faces penalties from the traffic police.
Thousands of cameras were deployed across the capital as part of this programme, mainly at the main expressways’ entrance and exit points. With the aid of a cutting-edge Command and Control centre, the project is managed by the Islamabad Police. Advanced technologies like the Intelligent Video Surveillance and Vehicle Management System and Automatic Number Plate Recognition System are enhancing the effectiveness of the Capital Safe City Project. Moreover, in a recent development, the authorities installed and repaired hundreds of cameras to upgrade the operational scope of the Safe City Project. Drone cameras also serve the Islamabad Safe City Project. On a side note, if you want to learn more about the scope of drone technology in Pakistan, check out this blog.
MODERN PROJECTS TO EASE THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC IN THE CAPITAL CITY
A future infrastructure project in Islamabad called the Rawal Dam Interchange would allow for numerous merging lanes, an underpass, and a flyover to enable traffic to enter from different roads like Murree Road, Club Road, and Park Road. Recently, the Rawal Chowk Underpass project was finished. The path of the underpass appears incredibly lovely at night because of its multicolored illumination. To improve traffic flow in the nation’s capital, particularly during rush hours, the CDA is now engaged in several important initiatives. There are numerous infrastructure projects in the works, including the Bhara Kahu Interchange, Islamabad Expressway Extension, Rawal Dam Flyover, Inter-Junction Principal (IJP) Road Improvement Project, and other projects. One of the most recent infrastructure initiatives in Islamabad, these interchanges will provide a signal-free corridor that will connect the north and south ends of the city without any breaks. This would be of enormous importance to commuters.
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