PESHAWAR: The inquiry commission of Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched investigation into the loans obtained for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Peshawar.

Media reports said the inquiry commission has summoned the record of the BRT project and inquired about the estimated amount about PC-1 of the project and changes in the cost estimation. The commission has also sought details about progress on the project, reasons behind delay in completion of the project, expected completion date and estimated cost of the project. The commission has directed that the BRT Peshawar project must be compared with similar projects in other countries, record must be made available about delay in completion of the project and schedule about return of the obtained loans for the projects must also be shared.

The inquiry commission has written a letter to Trans Peshawar Chief Executive Fayyaz Ahmed in which he has been asked to present details about the project before the commission on October 03. Fayyaz Ahmed said Trans Peshawar has presented details about the project to the inquiry commission. He said agreements have been made with different contractors regarding the project. He said Trans Peshawar will initiate its work as soon as civil work on the project is completed.

Director General Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) Muhammad Aziz has confirmed that the inquiry commission has sought details about the project. He said the required information has been provided to the commission. He said all the documents about the project have been shared with the inquiry commission.

The prime minister has formed an inquiry commission which will investigate loans obtained from 2008 to 2018.

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 over one year 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 provincial government hopes to complete the project by year end.