PESHAWAR: The much-touted Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is now going to incur an additional cost of Rs2.5 billion after nine changes in its design were decided.
According to sources, Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) made some major changes in the design of the mega project, which have resulted in increasing the cost. They added that nine major changes have been made in three sections of the project, which include construction of an underground station at Aman Chowk and a new flyover for the BRT alongside Arbab Sikandar Khan Khalil flyover.
Furthermore, construction of a route to the airport near CSD on section 2 of the project has also been decided. The bus stop opposite FG School has been transferred to Aman Chowk, while the BRT would also pass through a flyover near Tatara Park and Tehkal in order to not obstruct traffic flow in these areas, sources said.
PDA director general, however, maintained that the project will be completed with a cost of Rs49 billion.
Speaking to a private news channel, Israrul Haq said that the changes made in the project were aimed at further improving it and they will not affect its cost. He further stated that they want to complete the project early, yet making sure it is flawless.