Peshawar’s Bus Rapid Transit System Set for Expansion

The Sustainable Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project was recently given the green signal by the Provincial Development Working Party in Peshawar.

About Bus Rapid Transit Project

The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is the equivalent of the Lahore and Islamabad/Rawalpindi Metro Bus service. Once completed, the BRT will be accessible to 17.54 per cent of Peshawar’s total population (about 500,000 people) daily. The bus routes are expected to be extended beyond the corridor, according to the project plan.

The project’s cost had increased by Rs. 20 billion and will now cost Rs. 57.23 billion. It was approved at a meeting held in Peshawar. Out of the total cost, Asian Development Bank will be paying Rs. 50 billion while the government will be paying Rs. 7.23 billion of the cost.

Project Details

The route is divided into these individual sections:

  • a 26 km long corridor
  • 15 kilometer street level road
  • 6 km elevated portion
  • 5 km tunnel section

Additionally the bus route will feature:

  • 32 stations
  • 2 depots
  • 150 bus stops
  • 450 buses
  • 68 km feeder bus routes
  • a 6 story parking plaza
  • 61 acre commercial plaza

Total cost breakdown of the BRT is as follows:

  • Infrastructure and depots: Rs. 39.27 billion
  • Utility relocation: Rs. 4.2 billion
  • Fleet scrapping and environmental mitigation: Rs. 1.11 billion
  • Fleet procurement: Rs. 7.78 billion

Why The Budget Was Increased

There were a number of reasons why the total cost of the project was increased by Rs. 20 billion. This 54% increase in the total cost was due to:

  • International bidding
  • Inclusion of Sunehri Masjid alignment
  • Inclusion of institutional costs
  • Resettlement costs
  • Land acquisition
  • Resettlement plan
  • Utilities relocation
  • Financing charges
  • Fleet scrapping

One end of the bus route is at Chamkani while the other end, or the last bus stop is Cancer Hospital at Jamrud Road. Two different types of buses will be used, a 9 metre bus and a 12 metre bus. The 9 metre bus will be used on smaller roads such as Kohat Road, Bara Road and in areas near Hayatabad.

12 Month Duration

The Peshawar Rapid Transit Project will be sent to the Central Development Working Party for approval first.

Project duration is going to be 12 months with the aim to provide the users a comfortable, well-designed and affordable mode of transportation.

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