Chief Minister KP has been given a briefing on all the matters related to the accomplishment of BRT Peshawar project.
KP government informed the apex court earlier in February that the project would be completed by the end of the July.
The Peshawar BRT is the first 3rd generation BRT project in Pakistan with 8 off corridor routes covering the length & breadth of the city; worth looking at a comparison of features for the four projects.
Apart from the main corridor, BRT has a 68 km feeding route in BRT whose cost includes upgradation of bus stops, drainage system, roads & its beautification.
Peshawar BRT is stretched across city through feeder routes, not just covering single route. 8 feeders routes (150 bus stops).
A separate bike-lane is being built along the entire 7.48-kilometre long corridor for the BRT.
To rent out the bicycles, travellers can use their “Zu Fare Card” which they can procure from TransPeshawar. The card can also be used to travel on BRT buses.
The BRT corridor spans approx. 26 km from Chamkani to Hayatabad, with 32 Bus Stations, 7 Under Passes, 5 Flyovers, 4 Elevated sections. besides main track, tributaries, parking plazas, cycling tracks. This is excluding Bus Depots, Parking Plaza’s, and underground Markets.
- Mobile App for BRT Peshawar Ticketing
- 27 Kilometer Main Corridor (From Chamkani to Karkhano Market)
- 3rd Generation
- 7 Feeder routes (68 KMs long, Five Direct Routes, One Stopping Route and One Express Route)
- Bicycle lane
- 11 KM at Grade
- 8 KM Flyover
- 3 KM Underpass
- 30 Stations
- distance between station 850m
- 3 Park and Ride Facility
- 2 Bus Depots (Hayatabad & Chamkani)
- Free WiFi Facility
- Complete revamp of Footpaths
- Fast Journey
- Cost effective
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the appeals filed by the government of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, challenging the order, passed by Peshawar High Court (PHC) directing the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to conduct an inquiry into different aspects of the BRT Project.
The court maintained its interim order for the third time, halting the investigation being conducted by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the alleged irregularities in the instant project.
During the course of proceedings, Justice Umar Atta Bandial remarked that the apex court would examine the process under which the construction contract was granted. The court did not want to keep the case under stay order for long, he added.
He said the court had to analyze specific things, including repeatedly redesigning the project at public’s expense, delay in its completion, mistakes committed in it, as well as transparency. He asked: “Was there any conflict of interest in the BRT project? Was it launched without groundwork and had the provincial government spent billions of rupees on an incomplete project?”
Earlier, the KP government had decided to approach Asian Development Bank to conduct a forensic audit of the Peshawar BRT project.
The ADB was to ascertain the element responsible for the repeated delays in the project and the low standard work that was carried out.