APP05-12 PESHAWAR: April 12 – A view of construction work of BRT project near Hashtnagri. APP Photo by Shaheryar Anjum

PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday initiated inquiry on alleged financial embezzlements and administrative irregularities in Bus Rapid Transit project.

The inquiry is launched on the order of Peshawar High Court wherein a division bench on July 19 comprising Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth and Justice Mussarat Hilali directed NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to probe alleged irregularities in the project.

The project is  marred by one delay after another due to which the court directed the anti-graft body to investigate why the BRT project was not completed on time and why its costs escalated.

According to NAB, a two-member team of the anti-graft body confiscated the records pertaining to the mega-project from the office of Peshawar Development Authority.

The deadline for completion of the BRT project has been delayed several times. The first deadline was April 20, which was extended by a month to May 20. The then-project director had told media that the civil work would be completed by June 20, which was also missed.

The cost of the project, at the same time, has purportedly hiked from Rs49 billion to Rs64 billion.