Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, which was supposed to be completed within six months, is still incomplete two years after its inauguration, and it seems it will take another two years for completion.
While inaugurating the project on October, 2017, then chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak had claimed that the project will be completed in a record duration of six months. Two years have passed since then and still there seems to be no completion in sight keeping in view the sluggish pace of construction work on the project.
Under the original project design, decoration work is still pending, while construction work impedes the smooth flow of traffic in the provincial metropolis and troubles the commuters and transporters. Buses and cycles for the project have already been imported.
The project, which was originally to be completed with a cost of Rs49 billion, will now cost over a hundred billion rupees due to frequent changes in the design. Flaws in the design are pointed again and again. Critics of the project say it is a joke with the people of the provincial metropolis. They ask where is Pervaiz Khattak who had claimed to complete it within six months. They also question the silence of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and other anti-corruption bodies over the issue.
Pervaiz Khattak in a recent statement had claimed that the project would have been completed much earlier if he were still the chief minister. The reports of the Auditor General, CM’s Inspection Team and Asian Development Bank have also raised several questions, but it seems the KP government is enjoying immunity on this particular issue.
Busses for the project have been imported from China long ago which are rusting at the depot.
The Peshawar High Court while hearing a petition pertaining to the project recently questioned the government whether the BRT will be completed in this century. In another observation, the court said seeking completion date of the BRT project is like seeking stars.
Recently, several employees of the BRT Peshawar project were sacked before completion of the project due to financial issues.