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Another setback for Peshawar BRT, ADB stops payment

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The payment of Rs 3.20 billion has been stopped by Asian Development Bank for Peshawar rapid bus project following the controversies came to limelight.
On Monday the workers at four satiations prevented work as a token strike. On one side the banks are also pressing contractors hard for the early repayment of loans that was taken for the project, while on the other hand exchange of hot words on the matter of payments between the contractors and the workers has become daily routine due to which the contractors are facing mental pressure also. About seven engineers working in the project have also resigned .
The work could not start on the bus depots located at Hayatabad and Dabgari . The cost of both the depots would be Rs 346 million .The sources said that Rs 186 million were allocated for the construction of Hayatabad depot while a sum of Rs 156 million were earmarked for Dabgari depot.
Due to immense pressure on the constriction companies , the contractors are financial hardships. The salaries of some 4000 laborers, workers, and engineers of the projects are not paid for the last two months due to stoppage of funds. Most of the workers have left the project desperately .
However Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) has shown its ignorance about the stoppage of payments.



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