Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government shutdown Peshawar BRT after the fourth bus caught fire, last week. The BRT was launch on August 14.
The government had allocated a team of specialists to understand the fault. Now the technical team has submitted its report to the provincial government.
As per the report
The capacitors of hybrid buses were passing more electricity than needed. The extra current was causing a fire in the vehicles.
Moreover, now the bus manufacturing company will replace the capacitors with new ones. Although this whole process of import, fit, and testing of new components will take at least a month.
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Statement of KP Government
Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister (SACM) on Information and Higher Education, Kamran Bangash, has confirmed the development. He said experts have diagnosed technical malfunctions in Peshawar BRT have and the solution is already underway.
Bangash said in a tweet that
“Defective components are being flown in for immediate replacement”
Technical malfunctions in Peshawar BRT have been diagnosed & solution is already underway.Defective components are being flown in for immediate replacement.The buses will start operating in a month or so with technical experts making the swap & testing the vehicles in detail.
— Kamran Bangash 🇵🇰 (@kamrankbangash) September 23, 2020
Bangash added that the buses would start operating in a month or so. After proper inspection and trail by a team of technicians.
Sharing further details, he said a team of 20 experts engaged for rapid resolution of the issue with 11 already working on different sites.
“The repairs do not have any financial implications for the KP government as the company concerned is bound by the service delivery agreement,” he mentioned.
The BRT project has been facing issues and criticism since its launch. The mega project has seen multiple delays, due to technical issues. The engineering company had demolished and reconstructed multiple points and sites of the project.
Finally, after years of delays, Prime Minister Imran Khan finally inaugurated it on August 14, 2020. Right after the launch, the buses started catching fire, resulting in a halt of the operations.
The audit report
A special audit report submitted by the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) to the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa made shocking revelations about the serious flaws found in the BRT buses, worth Rs1.4 billion.
The buses were procured very early in mid-2018 when the infrastructure / civil work on the project had not yet been completed. Billions are now being lost in this haste and buses are not allowed to run for at least two years. Auditors pointed out serious flaws in the buses. Most of the buses have mechanical problems that are causing the mysterious fires.
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