PESHAWAR: Another anomaly has surfaced in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Peshawar as a gas pipeline is passing through an underpass of a BRT station which may pose threat to the lives of the passengers using this station.

The Chief Minister’s Inspection Team had pinpointed several flaws in the design of the BRT project recently. A woman was also killed after she was hit by a bus of the BRT project. However, the driver was released on bail.

Now it has surfaced that a gas pipeline is passing through the Hashtnagri underpass which may pose serious threat to the lives of passengers in case of any mishap. Sources said there are two gas pipelines in the underpass. Although an underpass has been established for pedestrians for crossing the GT Road near the Hashtnagri station, but the gas pipeline has not been shifted to a safer location due to which the pedestrians are facing a lot of difficulties. The gas pipeline just six and a half feet above the ground level may cause any mishap any time.

The Sui Northern officials are of the view that the shifting of the gas line could not be carried out due to change in the design of the project. They said they have sought Rs300,000 fund from the Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) for shifting of the gas line. They said the pipeline will be shifted once the fund is released.

The inspection team had said in its report that the mega project was initiated without proper planning due to which its cost increased and the exchequer was burdened. The report mentioned flaws in the feasibility report due to which the project was frequently changed.

The BRT project in Peshawar was launched during the previous tenure of the PTI government in KP when Pervaiz Khattak was chief minister. Ambitious target of six months was set for completion of the project before the elections, but that did not happen. Now even 10 months after the elections and PTI again coming into power with even a bigger mandate, the project remains incomplete.

All the deadlines set for the completion of the project have been missed and several officials involved with the project have been sacked.

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