Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Special Assistant to the Chief Minister (CM) for Transport Malik Shah Muhammad Wazir said on 9th October that the Asian Development Bank (ADP) will provide Rs 42.5 billion to the KP government for construction of the much-awaited Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), commonly known as Metro Bus, in the city. The special assistant said that the required paperwork for this mega project had been completed and construction work would commence this month. He said Completion of BRT before June 2018 was a big challenge for the government and all efforts will be made to complete it before the end of the current government’s tenure. Wazir also said that It is a Rs 50 billion project in which Rs 42.5 billion would be provided by ADB and Rs 7.5 billion would be injected by the KP government.

Furthermore, the special assistant to the CM said that 450 state-of-the-art airconditioned buses would ply the city roads after the completion of the 26 kilometers BRT route from Chamkani to Phase V Hayatabad while adding that 64 kilometers of connecting roads were also a part of this mega plan. The execution plan of BRT had already been approved by the CM to ensure timely completion of the project that would help resolve all traffic woes in the provincial metropolis. According to details, the BRT’s corridor would be around 26 km long with 15 km street level stretch, six km long elevated portion, and five km tunnels. In addition, the BRT would have 32 stations, two depots, 68 kilometers feeder bus routes, 150 bus stops, 450 buses, a six-storied parking plaza and 61 acres of commercial plaza. <

Wazir said that the project would be completed in a short span of time with the aim to introduce comfortable and user-friendly public transport that would provide commuters with a reliable, safe, affordable and high-quality bus rapid transit service in the provincial capital.

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