Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit project cost has gone up from Rs49 billion to over Rs68 billion. The cost has increased by almost Rs 20 billion. The increase in cost is due to the changes done in the design of the BRT and the ‘adjustment’ of the Asian Development Bank funds.
Chief Minister Pervez Khattak met with the cabinet. The meeting was attended by administrative secretaries and ministers. In the meeting, the revised cost and design of the project was discussed.
Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) director general Israrul Haq told the cabinet about the revised status of BRT’s PC-1 and other project affairs.
PDA chief claimed that BRT was not just a bus project, it was an important part in developing the provincial capital of KPK. He informed that approx. Rs30 billion will be used on the 27 kilometers long BRT corridor construction. The buses will cost Rs7.5 billion and Rs2.4 billion will be used to pay the taxes.
Commercial plazas part of the project will cost around Rs8.5 billion, Rs1 billion for fleet scrapping, Rs1.5 billion for utility relocation, Rs1.5 billion land cost, and Rs11 billion will be additional money that will be spent on improving Peshawar’s roads.
The reason PC-I was revised was due to the adjustment of funds that were received by Asian Development Bank
Mr. Khattak claimed that KPK was in a state of war in 2013 when PTI government was formed in the province. He said that his government has worked for the public, gained their trust and restored peace in the area. Mr. Khattak was thankful towards the provincial bureaucracy for supporting their government.
KP Delegation of Financial Powers Rules and KP Labour Policy was approved by the cabinet. Also, the child labor policy was approved by the cabinet.
Talking about the BRT project we must inform our readers that National Geographic TV will video-graph the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Peshawar. A team will be sent to the provincial capital of KPK to video-graph the mega project.