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Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak approved the operational and business plan for the Bus Rapid Transit

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak approved the operational and business plan for the Bus Rapid Transit and directed the Finance Department to release 50% out of Rs. two billion for the land acquisition at the main terminal of BRTat Chamkani. He was presiding over a meeting on the Bus Rapid Transit at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. The meeting was attended by special assistant to chief Minister of Transport Shad Mohammad, MPA Shaukat Yousafzai, Administrative Secretaries, Commissioner Peshawar and other relevant officials. The meeting had a detail discussion on different requirements for the rapid bus transit and made a number of decisions to put on ground the whole structure for the rapid bus transit on time. The Chief Minister addressing the participants of the meeting directed for accelerated pace of work on different packages under the time line. The construction work should be started with time tag adding that his Government could no longer afford any delay or changes in the existing sketch and structure of the Bus Rapid Transit. He said that the project would give one solution to all traffic congestions in Peshawar city. The main corridor of the Bus Rapid Transit would be fed by ten feeder’s routes. He directed for the complete picture of busses off and on the corridor so that the people should know the type and kind of commuting facilities under the Bus Rapid Transit. Pervez Khattak said that with the Bus Rapid Transit there would be a shit from old transportation industry to a new 21 century transport facility in the shape of rapid bus transit in Peshawar. He directed to complete all codal and procedure requirements required for putting on ground the all time mega project for Peshawar. He said that the project would integrate the whole feeding routs to the main corridor of the Bus Rapid Transit. He warned against any delay adding that the technical, operational and business plan should be completed immediately that would facilitate the timely lunching of the project. He assured compensation to all affectees of the Bus Rapid Transit. He also directed to complete the process of hiring professionals for running the Trans Peshawar company to run the whole facilities under the rapid bus transit. He further directed that the finalized work should be put for the tendering process to facilitate the mobilization of contractors and the initiation of practical work on the project. Directing to release of 50% of the Rs. Two billion for the land acquisition at Chamkani for the main bus terminal, he assured the Provincial Government would provide additional resources if required in the process of land acquisition. He also directed to finalize everything as the inaugural ceremony would be held towards the third week of August. The participants of the meeting were briefed about different features and nature of works on the four packages of the rapid bus transit. The first package is from Chamkani to Qilla Bala Hisar, the second to Aman Chowk and the third would end at Hayatabad. The 4th package included the commercial and parking plazas at Chamkani, Dabgari and Hayatabad. There would be nine meter buses off the corridor on the ten feeding routes and twelve meter buses on the main corridor. The presentation also included possible fares, business model, the fare collectors and the fund manager under the business model. The presentation also indicated that at present there are 1300 employees which would be enhanced to 3650 employees including for security, main corridor cleaning etc. The existing old transport industry would be replaced by the new transport industry once the bus rapid transit becomes operational. The presentation also focused on the stops, stations and other allied features under the bus rapid transit. The Chief Minister directed to finalize arrangement to put the project on ground without wasting of time. He also directed for on time mobilization of contractors for the bus rapid transit. =======