PESHAWAR: Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) managers announced on Monday that ongoing work on the Reach-I of the project would be completed by May 20, a local English daily has reported.
Briefing media personnel about the work progress on the megaproject, Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) director general Israrul Haq said that only 15 percent of the work on the Reach-I running from Chamkani to Firdous Chowk still remained.
“We are going to run buses symbolically on this portion by May 20,” Haq said.
He said that 85 percent of the work on the service roads had been completed, while 80 percent work on drains had also been completed.
He said that the Amn Chowk underpass had presented a huge challenge, however, 80 percent of the work on it had been completed, while the rest would be complete by May 15.
Haq said work on the Reach-II starting from the Fridous Chowk and ending at the Amn Chowk was the most tedious portion of the project, and about 75 percent work on the portion had been completed.
He said Sher Shah Suri Road, which had created huge problems for general public, would be opened for traffic within next week.
Haq added that 94 percent work on the Reach-III running from Amn Chowk to Hayatabad had been completed while the University Road had also gotten asphalt carpeting, reducing the public problems to a great extent.
Meanwhile, the rigid pavement of BRT corridor on Reach-III was nearly 97 percent complete and work on the Tehkal overhead section would also be complete by May 30.
Commissioner Peshawar Shahab Ali Shah and secretary transport Kamran Rehman were also present on the occasion.