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Peshawar BRT services likely to shut down its operation from June 7

The much-trumpeted flagship project TransPeshawar also known as Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (Peshawar BRT) became a source of nuisance for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government.

Peshawar BRT services are likely to shut down its operation from June 7!

As reported, the private company operating the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has decided to cease its operation from June 7 (Wednesday) over the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government’s failure to release its payments worth more than Rs750 million.

In a letter it sent on June 3, the operator had warned the provincial authorities of closing the services if the government failed to pay the Rs754 million to the operator by today (Monday). 

The operator also made it clear that it has been facing a delay in the payment of the amount for “three to four months”.

It had also claimed the payment was being delayed despite the “availability of funds in TransPeshawar’s (TPC) bank account”.

“This delay has an adverse effect on the operational expenses (procurement of diesel, lubricants, and parts, related to electricity and salaries) to the company for the BRT Peshawar operation,” the operator had said in the letter.

“If Transpeshawar (TPC) has not released the overdue payment of PKR 754 Million on Monday, we will be compelled to suspend the BRT Peshawar operation from Wednesday 7th June 2023 due to non-payment. Considering this non-payment has perpetrated severe financial stress on the company,” the operator said.

The provincial government had stopped the payment to the operator as its lease agreement with the authorities for the Peshawar terminal expired in October 2022.

As reported, the government is unwilling to release the dues as the company is yet to vacate the terminal.

Peshawar’s Bus Rapid Transport at $22 million per kilometer became one of the most expensive BRT ever built.
Here’s the cost comparison on a per kilometer basis: Ahmedabad $2.4 million; Dalian (China) $2.6 million; Changzhou (China) $4 million; Guangzhou (China) $4.4 million; Beijing $4.8 million; Bogota $5.3 million; Paris $7 million; and Istanbul $8.8 million.




Saman Siddiqui

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