PESHAWAR: A labourer, working on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor, has been electrocuted here on Wednesday.
According to details, the labourer was working on the cycle track of the project, when he touched bare electrical wires due to which he died on the spot. The local people rushed him to the hospital however, he could not survive.
The government officials associated with the BRT project said that the government is not responsible for it as the deceased labourer was working with the BRT contractor.
Peshawar Police have identified the deceased as Munir Husain. He was taking iron rode when it touched bare electrical wires due to which he died on the spot. Police officials added that the deceased labourer is the resident of district Jehlam in Punjab.
A few weeks back, during the BRT test run, a woman was crushed to death by BRT bus here in Hayatabad area of the city. The woman was shifted to hospital but succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital. The bus route was being run on a trial basis. The victim was, identified as 30-year-old Lubna. She had managed to cross the fencing and come onto the tracks when she was hit by the speeding bus. Authorities had suspended all trial operations of the bus service until a probe into the incident was carried out.
The multi-billion dollars BRT project has already been made controversial after the provincial government inspection team has submitted a report to Chief Minister alleging that the project was launched without proper planning.
The report was presented on April 1, after the chief minister asked the authority to investigate the BRT project. The report has expressed serious reservations over the entire project by stating that the project was initiated without any comprehensive planning. It was alleged that the corridor was constructed without any feasibility.