TransPeshawar, the company designated to operate the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has communicated to Chief Minister Mahmood Khan that inauguration of the BRT is not possible on March 23rd.
The company claims that several deficiencies in the BRT’s construction are causing the delay. The chief executive officer (CEO) of TransPeshawar told the CM that BRT operations cannot start on the said date owing to the incomplete infrastructure.
According to the available sources, the CM warned that those responsible for this delay will be sacked or transferred. Notably, March 23 is the eighth deadline given by the provincial government for the inauguration of the BRT project. The project has been the most-discussed project announced by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led KP government.
The previous chief minister of KP, Pervez Khattak, had given the first six-month deadline after the ground-breaking of the project on October 19, 2017. Since then, the deadline has been extended seven times.
The latest deadline is March 23rd and has irked the present CM KP. The main reason why the project could not be completed by this date are the changes and dismantling of structures in several bus stations of the BRT.
The bus stations have been dismantled because the BRT lanes and curves at the stations could not meet the prescribed minimum width of 6.5m as per the conceptual design.
If the lanes do not have the minimum width, the buses will have to reduce the speed for docking and overtaking. Moreover, several stations show a curved shape instead of the straight design as shown in the conceptual design. That will hamper the buses’ docking.