On Wednesday, the Kyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government temporarily suspended the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service, as a technical review of the BRT buses has to be conducted for safety purposes.
Muhammad Omair, Spokesperson TransPeshawar, said,
“A fresh review of BRT’s buses will be held. The safety of the passengers is the institute’s topmost priority.”
He said that a detailed review of the buses will be conducted by the company that manufactured them, adding that an investigation was also being carried out to determine why two buses of the project had caught fire earlier.
Muhammad Omair said that the BRT manufacturing company will conduct a detailed review and will also investigate why two of the project’s buses caught fire earlier.
“A comprehensive investigation and inspection of all buses will be conducted. The BRT service will be restored after it is completely cleared [from defects] from all technical angles,” said the spokesperson.
He further said that the decision of conducting a detailed review was taken for the larger interest of the citizens of Peshawar.
BRT Bus Catches Fire:
Last week, a BRT bus caught fire near Gulbahar Station. According to the eyewitnesses of the incident, the fire erupted on the bus as soon as it arrived at the station.
There were passengers inside the bus when it caught the fire, somehow, they managed to escape just in time. To douse off the fire, Rescue 1122 was called to the station.
According to the details, this was the 3 BRT bus that caught fire. On August 26th, a metro bus’ roof caught fire, as well as, a fire erupted on another bus in the city’s Phase-VI Hayatabad area.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Peshawar BRT was launched on August 13 of this year. The project was completed in 36 months at a cost of Rs69 billion.