KP Government announces Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) fares

The BRT's route shall begin from Chamkani and end at Hayatabad.

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Earlier last month, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Transport Minister, Shah Muhammad, stated that the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project would be completed by June next year. As per the KPK Information Minister, Shaukat Yousafzai, the BRT’s inauguration was set to take place in April 2020.

In a recent report, the KPK government officially announced the Peshawar BRT service’s fares. According to this report, fares shall vary depending on the distance traveled between the stations. These fares can go from a minimum of Rs.15 to a maximum of Rs. 50.

The BRT’s route shall begin from Chamkani and end at Hayatabad. The bus shall travel a total distance of 26 kilometers and make stops at 31 different stations along the way.

The reports state that the project will enhance the city’s current infrastructure as footpaths, bicycle lanes, and bicycle stands will also be added to the BRT stations. This addition will provide massive convenience to the bicycle riders.

Minister Shah Muhammad conducted a provincial assembly session to discuss the BRT matter and said:

The initial cost of the BRT was Rs. 60 billion. However, this cost has increased due to alterations in its design and architecture.

During the session, the Transport Minister maintained his previous statement:

The flagship project would have been completed at a much lower cost of Rs. 17 billion, had the previous government leased the railway track.

Ever since the start of the BRT project, much speculation and a fair number of controversies have continuously surrounded the venture. However, the BRT service’s fares’ announcement indicates that the government is making considerable headway into the facility’s establishment.

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