KP govt to move Supreme Court to halt Peshawar BRT probe

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar high court once again slammed the provincial government for failing to complete the Rapid Bus Transit (BRT) project on time.

The case against the delay in the project was filed by Advocate Isa Khan which was heard by a two-member bench comprising Justice Ibrahim Khan and Justice Naeem Anwar on Tuesday. When Additional Advocate General Arshad Khan appeared in the bench, Justice Ibrahim enquired, “Will the BRT project be completed in this century?

Arshad Khan told the court that work on the BRT stations was underway and the project would be completed soon. Khan also informed the court that the project has 26 stations which will need some time to be fully completed. On which Justice Ibrahim remarked that there are 26 stations, it means that I will take several more years to complete.

The petitioner also informed the bench “BRT tracks and towers have been built at great distances. Work on the track is also slow and the public is facing problems.” In the past, the Provincial Inspection Team in its report identified several shortcomings in the BRT project. The report stated that the BRT project was started without proper planning, due to the change in design, the cost of the project has increased and the public money was wasted on the BRT.

The Additional Advocate General (AAG)told the court that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has already filed comments but he could not submit it to the court and asked for some time. Later, the court adjourned the hearing till October 16.

Last year, Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court, Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth had directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to conduct an investigation into the project and submit a report of alleged loopholes and corruption in the project. NAB has submitted its report to the court, however, KP government filed an appeal in the Supreme Court which suspended the PHC order and stopped further inquiry into the BRT project.