A report compiled by Provincial Inspection Team (PIT) has revealed that the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) suffers from faulty planning and designing, poor management, and negligence in the execution of work.
It remarked that ‘havoc has been played with the public money regarding this multi-billion rupees project. The 27-page official report has been compiled on the orders of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister.
The report points out the “shadiness of the affairs at play in the project” has caused loss to the national exchequer because “quantities of the items having exorbitant quoted rates have been increased while those having zero rates have been deleted”.
The inspection team submitted its report to the government on Jan 30. It recommended that people should be held responsible for faulty design and execution of work that is causing loss to the government.
Earlier, KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan had public announced conducting an inquiry into the delay and issues regarding the BRT. The officials say that no formal issues are received to fix the responsibility for the faulty design and execution.
However, the government removed the top managers of the project just a day ago. The removed officials include transport secretary and director general of the Peshawar Development Authority, who was heading the BRT executing agency as well.
KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai told that his government is examining the inspection team’s report. It will ‘address all the issues and recommendations.’
He further said that the government realizes the problems faced by the people. The CM also wants to see the completion of the project as soon as possible.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has also submitted its preliminary findings on the mega mass transit system worth Rs. 67.8 billion funded by the Asian Development Bank.
However, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) has sealed the report until the project’s completion to avoid further delays, as the project has already seen many inauguration dates canceled.
It should be noted that the project’s initial cost was Rs. 49 billion, which escalated to Rs. 67.8 billion because of frequent design changes and other issues.
The latest announced date of inauguration, that had to be canceled was 23rd March.