PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Tuesday transferred the Director General of Peshawar development authority and provincial secretary transport after the reports of alleged kickbacks in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.

It was reported in media that the provincial inspection team has informed the Chief Minister that ‘some people’ have received kickbacks totalling Rs 7 billion in the BRT project. It further alleged that the BRT project was launched without proper planning and accused its management of frequent changes in the construction plan.

The officials were also accused of failing to complete the BRT project on time. The Chief Minister has ordered the provincial inspection team to investigate the project, after its management failed to complete the project on March 23.

A Notification was issued on Tuesday saying that competent authority is pleased to transfer the provincial secretary for transport and mass transit department, Kamran Rehman Khan, a grade 20 officer, and directed him to report to the establishment department. It directed Dr Muhammad Fakhr-e-Alam Irfan, a senior member of the board of revenue, to take charge of the secretary transport with immediate effect.

After transferring the KP secretary transport, the government issued another notification for the transfer of the Director General of Peshawar development authority, Israr Ul Haq and sent him back to his parent department, the auditor general of Pakistan  Consequent upon, Commissioner Peshawar Division, Dr Amjid Ali Khan, a grade 19 officer, was directed to take the additional charge of DG PDA till further order.

KP Minister for information Shaukat Yousafzai has refused the reports of Kickbacks in BRT project. Yousafzai claimed that the inspection team report was relating to the traffic issues and the problem faced by the people. “BRT is one of the most transparent projects. Changes were made keeping in view the best interest of the masses,” said the information minister. Yousafzai said that he has already inaugurated the test drive on the BRT route and maintained BRT will provide the best transport facility in the city.


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