Peshawar BRT likely to be inaugurated on August 13

Peshawar BRT likely to be inaugurated on August 13

Ishaq Khan

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan will inaugurate the long awaited Peshawar Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) project on August 13.

According to reports, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan will formally announce the exact date after holding a final meeting today (Tuesday) with Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The flagship project of the PTI government is all set to be inaugurated this week after six deadlines.

The official documents revealed that the mega project is consists of a 27.5km main track and 31 stations while the length of the feeder routes is 62km and has 146 stops. The main track is connected to seven different areas of the city so that the people can travel from their areas in small buses to reach the main route. Three mega commercial plazas would be completed in June 2021, but the bus parking areas are ready.

Official documents have estimated that the initial estimate for the BRT project was Rs49.43 billion, however, the cost of the revised PC-1 had increased to Rs66.43 billion, which was further increased to Rs70 billion.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and AFD had provided $593 million loan for the project, while the remaining amount was provided by the provincial government.

The officials claimed that all arrangements have been completed and about 300,000 passengers will travel in BRT buses daily.

The government has also announced the fares for the BRT service and according to documentation, the minimum bus fare for Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will be Rs15 while a maximum fare of Rs 50 has been set by the provincial government.

On April 25, the Supreme Court had extended stay order against the Peshawar High Court’s ruling over BRT Peshawar project.

The verdict of the PHC was challenged by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and the Peshawar Development Authority (PDA).

On November, 14, the PHC had handed down the judgment on BRT Peshawar and directed the FIA to probe the Project and submit the report within 45 days.

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