BE2C2 Report — The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led government in northwest Pakistan province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has given green light to build within six months the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit project for an estimated cost of Rs57 billion ($544 million) aimed at providing rapid transportation facility to 500,000 passengers daily.
The project has been approved for construction on fast-track basis starting April or May. The Manila-based Asian Development Bank in which Japan and U.S. are major stakeholders, will provide Rs50 billion ($477m) as a soft loan and Rs7.23 billion ($67m) will be borne by KP government.
The infrastructure cost of the 26 kilometer BRT is expected to be around Rs114,000 per passenger as “compared to Rs688,000/passenger for Lahore Metro and Rs569,000/passenger for the Islamabad Metro,” claims PTI on social media using a comparative analysis chart.
KP’s BRT will include dedicated bicycle lane and parking facility, including special lane for walkers and ease of access for the physically challenged passengers, in addition to linking the system with the existing public transport and covering all major areas of the sprawling city.
According to reports, the BRT has been planned and designed from sustainability standpoint. It can cater to additional passengers on daily basis as the city population which is 2.8m now increases to 4.4m in the next 15 years, according to estimates.
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Additional features have been added to the Peshawar BRT which KP government claims are not available in other Metro Bus Systems in the country.
The 26 kilometer long BRT will have 6 kilometers of elevated sections and five kilometers of underpasses with several elevated crossover pedestrian bridges and controlled pedestrian crossings on the main streets.
The system will have 32 pick and drop stations, two bus depots, 20 restrooms at the stations, and 150 bus stops with an addition of 450 buses to the fleet.
Peshawar is one of the 10 most polluted cities in the world. The BRT will mitigate pollution issues and address rapid transportation demand as population increases over the years.