Peshawar: The provincial government borrowed Rs53,320 million for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which the provincial government would begin repaying in 2023, according to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly.

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A total of $8.384 million has been borrowed from the Asia Development Bank (ADB), while the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) has committed 75 million euros for one of the KP’s key public transportation projects, according to the modified PC-1.

In response to a question from Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) senior member Inayatullah Khan, KP Government Spokesperson Kamran Khan Bangash claimed that the project is not under the Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) but under the supervision of the provincial transport department.

He went on to say that the project was initiated to improve the city’s decades-old public transportation system. “In addition to the main route, five of the seven feeder routes have been made operational,” he said.

The initiative, according to the JI lawmaker, was initiated in a rush and was not considered in the provincial cabinet.

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The CM’s adviser stated that the system can be improved; nonetheless, Peshawar’s transportation system has a huge problem in the shape of encroachments in the inner city.

He said that the BRT system would aid in the removal of encroachments on the crowded Kohat, Charsadda, Hayatabad, and Hayatabad roads.

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