Islamabad Green, an NGO for the preservation of Islamabad’s environment, and Kuch Khaas collaborated for a discussion about the metro bus project for Rawalpindi-Islamabad on Thursday the 29th of April. The panelists consisted of Bilal Haque and Cristina Afridi of Islamabad Green, architect Imrana Tiwana, a social activist from Lahore, and Fauzia Minallah, the founder/director of Funkor Child Art Center. Dr Dushka H Saiyid, a member of Islamabad Green, moderated the discussion.
There was consensus amongst the panelists and the audience that mass transit was long overdue in the twin cities but questions were raised about the metrobus project, as conceived by Nespak. Bilal Haque, who gave a power point presentation, pointed out major loopholes of the project that had been pushed through with unseemly haste. Some of the issues he raised:
The meeting ended with a request to the audience to come to the Convention Hall on Saturday at 10.30 where a meeting had been called to discuss the project.
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