–Shaukat Yousafzai claims project will cost less than Lahore metro bus
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) has asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for an additional Rs4.28 billion to complete the much-delayed Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.
In a letter addressed to the KP government, the PDA stated that the team leader of BRT has prepared PC1 for the revised fund. It added that Rs1.5bn of the additional funds will be spent on the route between bus station numbers 19 to 31, while Rs980m will be spent on the route between bus station 1 to 8. In addition, a total of Rs1.5bn will be spent on Trans Peshawar office, bus depot and parks. Similarly, Rs1.35bn will be required for consultant supervision.
KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai while talking to media said that the cost of BRT has been increased by Rs4bn, with which the cost of BRT has touched Rs70bn. He added that the provincial government will provide the additional funds for the project, the approval of which will be taken from the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). He said that the BRT project will be completed in April this year, the credit of which goes to Chief Minister Mehmood Khan.
“We will complete the project in March and it would cost Rs35bn,” he said, adding that despite being a third-generation project, it would cost less as compared to Lahore’s BRT project which cost up to Rs 40 billion in 2011.
He further said that they had purchased buses worth Rs8.5bn to be run on the BRT track.
The minister said training of the staff and drivers of the project is currently underway and the provincial government would be able for a test run of the project in April.
Replying to a query, Shaukat Yousafzai said the government assured Supreme Court for the completion of the project in June as a precautionary measure in case of any delay.
The Supreme Court had stopped the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from probing alleged irregularities in the BRT project.
The BRT project was initiated during the previous government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led by then chief minister Pervez Khattak. The project was initiated in October 2017 and the PTI government had claimed that it will be completed within six months; however, the project is yet to see the light of the day despite many revised deadlines.