Mass transit railway system

The Capital Development Authority is considering developing a mass transit railway system around the city with main stations at Golra, Loibher and Rawalpindi, CDA sources said Friday.
A policy paper prepared by the Pakistan Chartered Institute of Transport says mass transit system is needed as population of the city is expected to increase to one million in next few years. Another study conducted by a foreign consultant projected that car ownership in Islamabad over the next 15 to 20 years period would reach 200 cars per 1000 inhabitants or one car for every five persons.

There is no argument about the fact that a single train carrying hundreds of commuters means lesser cars, motorcycles, rickshaws, wagons and buses on the roads, and thus lesser pollution and accidents,” a CDA official said. He said the system would also check air pollution by controlling the spiralling vehicle traffic on the roads, which is not only causing environmental problems but also accidents and congestion.
Several main roads in Islamabad have been widened in recentyears to cope with the increasing traffic but congestion is increasing, he said.
The official said the work on a flyover at Zero Point would soon start and the Authority has also announced several major road widening and improvement projects for the capital. Depside these projects the growing congestion problem in various parts of the city caused by the ever increasing number of vehicles warrants effective remedial steps, he said.

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