The highly-awaited Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Numerous commuters availed this new service by purchasing the Zu cards. The government announced 100,000 Zu cards free of charge to travelers on a first-come, first-served basis, as reported by Tribune.
In 2017, the construction work of this project started by the provincial government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). However, it faced a lot of criticism by the public and the opposition parties for its delay. The project inaugurated back on 13th August. After this buses started operating and stations got overcrowded.
An official said, “Keeping in view the influx of people for registration, we feared the system would collapse but it worked smoothly.”
A senior TransPEshawar official revealed, “Evident from CCTV camera footage, there was 500 times more rush at the stations, but the system worked without any problems. This shows that the system is robust and will never collapse on routine days.”
It is pertinent to mention here that almost 240,000 Zu cards have been purchased in 9 days. Almost 15,000 to 20,000 cards were sold per day.
TransPeshawar’s Chief Executive Officer Fayaz Khan said, “The estimates are based on cards which were registered against people’s computerized national identity cards (CNICs), biometrics, and phone numbers. We are still collecting data for cards that were bought for one-time traveling purposes.”
Currently, 60 buses are operating from Chamkani to Karkhano during the off-peak hours. Similarly, 80 buses operate during peak hours.
Khan said, “The Hayatabad link route will be made functional within the next 15 days, while the Kohat and Charsadda roads will be connected and made functional within 45 to 50 days.”