The highly anticipated Bus Rapid Transit project in Peshawar has been delayed further. The new deadline given for the completion of the project is November/December 2018.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Finance Minister Abdur Rauf Khan was asked about the completion date of the project in a press briefing held at the civil secretariat.
He replied saying, ‘project was very complicated. Adding, “They (project designers and executors) have complicated the project. It would be quick if they manage to complete the project by December.”
The project started by KPK government in October 2017. Chief Minister Pervez Khattak claimed at that time that the project will be completed within 6 months’ time but the deadline was not met.
Initially, the deadline was extended from April 20th to May 20th. Then neither date was given and the Project Director BRT and Director General of Peshawar Development Authority Israrul Haq said that the project would be completed by June 20th and again the deadline was not met.
The cost of the project has also been escalated from Rs49 billion to Rs68.7 billion. The reason for the increase in the cost is due to due to the changes that are done in the design of the BRT and the ‘adjustment’ of the Asian Development Bank funds.
K-P finance secretary Shakeel Qadir said was supposed to be part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPC) but it was not. He said, “But unfortunately the project was not included in CPEC due to which the customs duties and taxes are to be paid.”
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