The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has hired Daewoo Pakistan to run BRT buses.
The government has taken the decision of outsourcing the operation of buses, which would be working in the mass transit project being constructed in the provincial capital—Peshawar, to a private firm.
The urban motility firm—TransPeshawar founded by the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for operating the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project has selected the famous intercity bus and intra-city taxi service—Daewoo Pakistan for managing the vehicle business of BRT from the bus workshop in Chamkani.
The private bus service has been given a contract of twelve years.
In a meeting of TransPeshawar’s board, the outsourcing decision was taken, as per a statement issued by the spokesperson of the company on Wednesday.
The statement mentions that the Daewoo Pakistan Express Bus Service Limited was chosen as the vehicle operating company (VOC) for the Chamkani Depot at the end of a competitive process according to the KP Public Procurement Authority Rules.
The VOC or the operator would be held responsible for managing the refuelling of buses, the appointment of drivers, the bus maintenance and the allied staff and their training to make sure that buses are operated smoothly.
TransPeshawar, as per the statement is required to appoint two main service providers for operating the BRT, which includes the VOC and the BRT System Control and Good Services.
The workshops of BRT are two one in Chamkani and the other one in Hayatabad. They were specially constructed with the objective to provide service to the BRT and would be provided with facilities for the cleaning, fuelling, vehicle maintenance workshops with regular in-routine use spare parts of the BRT buses.
Once the schedule of the buses is finalized by TransPeshawar the service provider or operator would operate the buses as per schedule.
For ensuring safer commute for the female passengers, the VOC would make sure that at least fifteen per cent of their hired staff is female.
Additionally, the operator would be required to appoint the locals, especially the ones who have been associated with the public transport system in Peshawar.