PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan on Wednesday directed the concerned authorities to ensure completion of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project in Peshawar.
According to an official statement, the chief minister made these directions while chairing a meeting to review progress of the project. During the meeting, the chief minister was briefed on progress of construction work on the BRT project and other small projects connected with the main project.
Mehmood Khan directed the authorities to carry out most of the work during night time in order to reduce difficulties of commuters in day time. He said roads on both sides along the BRT route must be cleared for traffic. He said appropriate plan should be made and executive for smooth flow of traffic in the city. He said the flow of traffic in the metropolis should not be affected due to construction work on the project.
The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary Shehzad Bangash, Peshawar Commissioner Amjad Ali, Secretary Planning and Development Shahab Ali Shah, Secretary Transport Kamran Khan, Director General Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) and Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Qazi Jamilur Rehman.
In a meeting last week, Chief Minister Mehmood Khan ordered completion of Peshawar Metro Bus and its related projects by March 23. However, the officials who attended the meeting said it was impossible to complete the project by that time. They said it was impossible to run the busses on the BRT route in its existing condition.
The chief minister said the people were facing difficulties due to delay in completion of the project.
The BRT project in Peshawar was launched during the previous tenure of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (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 seven months after the elections and PTI again coming into power with even a bigger mandate, the project remains incomplete. Several deadlines had been given for completion of the project, but all the deadlines were missed and now the deadline of March 23 is also unlikely to be met.
Visible progress has been made on the project but it is still far from being complete. Such a long delay in completion of BRT project is attributed to ill-planning and incompetence of the staff involved and unrealistic deadlines set by the provincial government for its completion.