Prime Minister Imran Khan along with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan inaugurates the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project today at 3 pm.
The BRT project, the flagship project of the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, has launched today.
Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and other KPK government officials were present at the launching ceremony.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information and Local Government Kamran Bangash told media that 360 bicycles for both men and women have been arranged, besides buses, on the 27km bus rapid transit (BRT) track.
Bangash added that the project would provide relief to people in the provincial capital in terms of better transport.
Detailing about the project further, Bangash said the ZU-BRT uses a third-generation technology system, which will benefit the passengers.
He added options of lifting and bus services will be provided for special persons as well.
“The opening of BRT route would stop rickshaws without permits. Buses and wagons are being also phased out from the roads and Mazda bus drivers and wagon drivers, who can operate BRT buses, have also been integrated into the service,” he added.
Bangash added that BRT buses were environmental-friendly and comfortable.
Rs70 billion BRT project
The Rs70 billion BRT project 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 loans amounting to $593 million loan for the project, while the remaining amount was provided by the provincial government.