ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit – a flagship project of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government – on Thursday (today), targeted to serve 340,000 passengers a day.
Costing Rs 70 billion, the BRT project would provide safe, comfortable and affordable traveling experience to labourers, daily-wagers, students and employees.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, PM Imran said that the project would resolve issue of traffic to Torkham. He said the diesel-hybrid buses would help reduce pollution level in Peshawar as well.
The passengers will pay minimum Rs10 for five kilometers and maximum Rs50 for a 45-minute journey between Hayatabad and Chamkani, contrary to Rs70 being charged by private transporters.
The BRT consists of a 27.5 kilometer-long main corridor track with 31 stations, besides seven feeder routes of total 62 kilometers with 146 stops to facilitate hundreds of thousands of passengers every day.
220 buses have already arrived in the city and were ready for formal operations. Initially, 92 buses of 18 meters length will run on the main corridor and 128 small buses on seven feeder routes. The buses will ply from 0600 hours to 2200 hours without any break.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan announced all the arrangements for the inauguration of the project, a gift from PTI government for people of Peshawar, were finalized.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by Governors of Sindh and Khyber Pakhunkhwa, KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, federal and provincial ministers, advisers and special assistants, and other senior government officials.