Peshawar: According to Kamran Khan Bangash, a spokesperson for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) would get a Rs. 2.8 billion subsidy this year.
He said that compared to other metro projects in the nation, the Peshawar BRT required less funding. In comparison to other mass transport projects in the country, he added, BRT has a greater ridership.
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He said that the project was unfairly criticised in the media due to allegations of subsidies that were unfounded. He stated that the Lahore Metro receives a Rs. 4.1 billion yearly subsidy, while the Multan Metro receives a Rs. 3.6 billion subsidy, the Rawalpindi Metro receives a Rs3.6 billion subsidy, and the Orange Line receives a Rs8 billion subsidy.
Peshawar BRT, on the other hand, would receive a Rs. 2.8 billion subsidy this year, according to a government spokeswoman. Despite the Covid-19 travel limitations, he claimed that BRT produced Rs. 734 million in income in 2020-21.
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Separately, the performance of BRT was assessed by service comfort and price, according to a statement released here, because it was operated on the same concept. According to the statement, the Peshawar BRT was originally scheduled to operate at a charge of Rs. 50 in order to maximise financial gain, but the province administration chose to help the working class during the pandemic’s tough phase.
As a result, the ticket was cut to Rs. 10, the lowest for any public transportation in the country, according to the statement.
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