Government is all set to buy 30 more BRT buses due to rising popularity

Government is all set to buy 30 more BRT buses due to rising popularity

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The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has procured 30 more buses from China for the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.

On Monday, the spokesperson for the Peshawar BRT said that

“They are going to obtain 30 more buses from China due to the rising popularity of the project.”

Furthermore, the new buses have already been dispatched to Pakistan and will soon be added to the BRT fleet to make a total of 158 buses.

The spokesman added that the 18-meter-long buses can accommodate 95 passengers each and the new buses will carry 3,700 passengers daily. They will run on the express route, which is quick and non-stop, and is reportedly the most popular.

About a month ago, a spokesperson for Peshawar BRT told the media that

“Over 130,000 passengers use the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service every day, and more than 8 million people have used it since its launch.”

He informed that since the launch of the service, over 600,000 Zu cards have been distributed among commuters, of which 400,000 have been given for free.

The spokesperson had also stated that the service has greatly facilitated the public. In addition to creating a healthy revenue stream for the state and numerous job opportunities for the people.

The dark side of BRT

The project of BRT was initiated by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf back in 2017. Since then BRT is under the umbrella of criticism for poor management. Many of the politicians called this project a fraud at the very early stages of launch.

The project was initially designed to be favored for the lower-middle-class people of Pakistan by providing decent modes of transportation at very affordable rates. However, the project got hit by poor management and criminal negligence on behalf of respective authorities. That has led to multiple never-ending delays.

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People criticize this project at the start because it brings many problems for the public of Peshawar. That includes Poor architecture and low-quality material, Traffic jams, and Air pollution.

BRT also faces backlash when the fourth bus catches fire after its launch. However, Government has set up a team to figure the reasons for the fire. Hence the manufacturers of the buses also show their deep concerns in this matter.

A special audit report submitted by the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) to Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa made shocking revelations. They found some serious flaws found in the BRT buses, worth Rs1.4 billion.

Despite all the problems, BRT is gaining more popularity in the general public of KPK.

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