PESHAWAR, 12 February: In a bid to compensate the owners of the local public transport as they are the possible affectees of the ongoing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to purchase all the old buses and wagons plying on roads of the provincial metropolis.

It was revealed by the District Nazim Peshawar, Arbab Muhammad Asim while chairing a meeting of the local government elected representatives here on Monday.

The multi-billion rupees mega BRT project would certainly affect the businesses of the local transporters as public would prefer to travel in the modern and well equipped buses instead of using the old and traditional means.

“The provincial government will purchase the old buses and wagons from their owners on cash payment and dispose of them. Besides, the drivers who would loss jobs, would also be compensated. They would be given Rs30,000 unemployment allowance for 12 months,” the district mayor told the meeting.

He further informed the meeting that those traders, whose shops had been affected by the BRT project, would also be given Rs30,000 compensation allowance till the allotment of new shops.

The meeting approved construction of a parallel flyover along with the Arbab Sikandar Khan Khalil flyover in Gulbahar area as part of the BRT corridor.

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