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A RACE AGAINST TIME - BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) PESHAWAR

A RACE AGAINST TIME - BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) PESHAWAR

The Bus Rapid Transit system project was proposed by the provincial government of KPK. And finally the project was given the green signal by the provincial development working party in Peshawar.

The provincial government has claimed that Peshawar BRT system will be unique among other metro bus systems in Rawalpindi, Lahore and Multan in terms to operation, cost. As metro bus system in Rawalpindi, Lahore and Multan have a fixed corridor length; the buses will operate in that particular length of the route. Whereas Peshawar BRT system has 8 different routes with a total length of 175Km and 131 bus stops will be constructed among these 8 routes. These 8 routes will cover almost every area of the Peshawar city. Once this project is completed it will serve 17.54% of the Peshawar total population (about 500,000 people daily). Project completion is expected till March of 2018 as stated by the provincial government of KPK.

The project initially costed Rs 37 billion and now it has been increased to Rs 57 billion, it was approved in a meeting in Peshawar. Asian development bank (ADB) will be paying Rs 50 billion and the remaining Rs 7.23 billion will be paid by the provincial government.

The route is divided into these individual sections:

  • a 26 km long corridor
  • 15 kilometer street level road
  • 6 km elevated portion
  • 5 km tunnel section

Additionally the bus route will feature:

  • 32 stations
  • 2 depots
  • 150 bus stops
  • 450 buses
  • 68 km feeder bus routes
  • a 6 story parking plaza
  • 61 acre commercial plaza

Total cost breakdown of the BRT is as follows:

  • Infrastructure and depots: Rs. 39.27 billion
  • Utility relocation: Rs. 4.2 billion
  • Fleet scrapping and environmental mitigation: Rs. 1.11 billion
  • Fleet procurement: Rs. 7.78 billion

Why The Budget Was Increased:

There were a number of reasons why the total cost of the project was increased by Rs. 20 billion. This 54% increase in the total cost was due to:

  • International bidding
  • Inclusion of Sunehri Masjid alignment
  • Inclusion of institutional costs
  • Resettlement costs
  • Land acquisition
  • Resettlement plan
  • Utilities relocation
  • Financing charges
  • Fleet scrapping

The project route will start at Chamkani and the last bus stop is cancer hospital at Jamrud road. There will two types of buses used in this corridor, 9 meter bus and 12 meter long bus. The 9 meter bus will be used on smaller roads such as Kohat Road, Bara Road and in areas near Hayatabad. While the 12 meter long bus will be used on the main route of the corridor.

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Eisha.Mehtab

Author: Eisha.Mehtab

Eisha Mehtab is currently in college completing her A levels, holds an avid interest in psychology & philosophy and lives by the motto to "do a little bit of everything."