‘BRT Project soon to be opened for public’

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

07th Aug, 2020. 10:42 am

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Finance and Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra said the Bus Rapid Transit Peshawar soon to be opened for the public.

According to the details, in a recent statement (KPK) Finance and Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra said the BRT project will be open for the public in weeks.

Tentatively, he said the project will be accessible either in August or September.

The provincial minister said the project has suffered from some problems, and that the same had been stressed by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan.

He admitted that there are mistakes on the part of the government in the project which could have been carried out in a better way.

The finance minister said there is no government in the world that does not make errors,

He added that it is wrong when people try to politically defend everything.

“The project came under pressure when the six-month deadline was given,” said Jhagra.

The BRT Peshawar project will cost Rs70 billion, including the exchange rates, the minister said,

Jhagrda added that the repayment of the debt depends upon the future value of the money but the terms and conditions of the loan are not an issue.

“The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa acted very responsibly not just during the last five years as only 2% or less of its budget that amounts to Rs10 billion goes into debt servicing,” said the minister,

Taimur Jhagrda said the government has drawn up the debt profiling for the next 40 years.

“The project is almost complete as extensive pre-commissioning testing is already well underway and it’s only a matter of weeks when we will open it for the general public either in August or September.”

Let it be known that the mega project, which was launched in October 2017, was to be completed in April 2018.

This was the first deadline for the project which was not met.

However afterward the provincial government gave several other deadlines, June 30, 2018, and then to Dec 31, 2018, and March 23, 2019.

But still the project is yet to be launched.

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