The launch of Peshawar’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is already quite long overdue, but the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has gone on to announce yet another deadline for the project completion.
Minister for Labour and Culture Shaukat Yousafzai disclosed the new deadline on Monday, revealing that the construction of the project is still ongoing and that the BRT service shall be inaugurated in 2021.
Originally, the project was supposed to be inaugurated by April 2018. Since then, numerous new deadlines have been announced, all of which the government has unfortunately not been able to abide by.
On a relevant subject, however, Special Assistant to K-P chief minister on Local Government Kamran Bangash did reveal back in January 2020 that the Reach-I of the project has been completed and that the Prime Minister Imran Khan shall a date for its inauguration.
In a relevant development a week ago, however, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government did officially announce the fares for the BRT service. The starting point of the fares shall be Rs. 15. From there, the fares will go up to a maximum of Rs. 50, depending on the distance traveled from station to station.
BRT’s route begins from Chamkani and goes all the way up to Hayatabad, making for a total distance of 26 kilometers with 31 stations. The reports suggest that the project would also enhance the prevailing infrastructure, with the addition of footpaths, bicycle lanes and bicycle stands at the station to provide convenience to the bicycle riding students and young professionals.
Although this project offers a lot of promise for the dwellers of the city, Peshawar has has to bear through a lot of inconvenience due to recurring delays in the project. And as we all already know, this isn’t the first new deadline announced by the KP government for project completion. Let us hope its the last.