Multi-billion, long-delayed Bus Fast Transit (BRT) mission in Peshawar

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PESHAWAR: Just lately, a 27-page lengthy report enquiring into multi-billion and long-delayed Bus Fast Transit (BRT) mission in Peshawar is launched by the Provincial Inspection Staff. On the orders of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Mahmood Khan, it was submitted to the federal government on January 30.

The highlights of the report are as below:

Firstly, the preliminary planning course of was haphazard with out due consideration in direction of particulars drainage, geotechnical feasibility, freeway, structural concerns, visitors stream, survey and utilities and many others. Consequently, frequent design adjustments adopted within the execution stage resulting in a waste of tax cash paid by the general public.

Secondly, a most well-liked option to construct the BRT hall would have been to make it elevated in order to keep away from the visitors jam. Presently the visitors congestion has been discovered at locations the place the BRT stations have been constructed at-grid slightly than underground. One other problem is that the post-BRT carriageway width for blended visitors on the areas of BRT bus stations have been diminished by 40 p.c on common as in comparison with pre-BRT situations which, in future will create extra blockage to the free stream of blended visitors. Moreover, the non-maintenance of uniform variety of lanes for blended visitors by BRT route has created bottlenecks, furthering the visitors congestion.

Thirdly, in Attain-III of the mission on the College Highway, the approaches for the BRT bus stations close to College of Peshawar and Board of Intermediate & Secondary Schooling (BISE) Peshawar colony have been constructed on walkways adjoining to authorities buildings, inflicting slim sidewalks. A chance would have been to assemble them by buying small piece of land from authorities entities freed from value, eradicating hindrances from the walkways. Additional, the canopies of the underpasses have additionally contributed in decreasing width of the carriageway for blended visitors.

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Fourthly, alerts designed for pedestrian zebra crossings to make entry simpler to the centre of the street may have the unintended consequence of accelerating blended visitors. A greater strategy would have been to introduce zebra crossings at factors of little visitors.

Fifthly, there was no provision within the revised PC-I for set up of louvers and sound obstacles on the elevated parts of Attain-II of the mission that are required to safeguard the privateness of the buildings and counter the noise air pollution within the neighborhood. Moreover, the elevated portion of the BRT passage wants a better-designed drainage system.

Sixth, no passage for pedestrians apart from BRT bus station approaches has been deliberate within the mission.

Seventh, the washrooms on the BRT bus stations include poor craftsmanship – each in building particulars and brickwork.

Eighth, the bike lane had not been maintained all through the BRT hall – at some factors, it has been omitted whereas at others, it was mixed with blended visitors lane; a questionable step contemplating the requirement of the ADB on this regard as claimed by the Peshawar Improvement Authority (PDA).

Ninth, concrete work of the mission is stretched as much as 40 meters in size as a substitute of casting them in panels, opposite to straightforward engineering observe, and resulting in sheer cracks in the whole stretch.

Following suggestions have been made by the report:

To carry the folks inflicting loss to nationwide exchequer because of defective design accountable.Presently, it’s neither doable to extend the width of the carriageway for the blended visitors nor the BRT bus stations could be made underground to offer further and uniform variety of lanes for blended visitors. Nonetheless, the prevailing variety of lanes/carriageway width for blended visitors could also be quickly maintained uniformly all through the BRT hall – on the stations in addition to between stations – to look at the visitors stream and proceed additional accordingly.To relocate the canopies for entrance to underground outlets at Tehkal, Abdara and Board Bazaar to probably the most appropriate locations to extend the carriageway width for blended visitors at these areas. To accumulate land for the BRT hall from different authorities entities such because the College of Peshawar, BISE Peshawar, Islamia Faculty.

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In face of the rising criticism towards the BRT mission, Director Normal of Peshawar Improvement Authority Israrul Haq was faraway from his put up, and a day after, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities eliminated transport secretary Kamran Rehman Khan.

Dr Muhammad Fakhar-e-Alam Irfan, a senior member of the Board of Revenue, has been given further cost as the brand new provincial transport secretary.

Hailed as a “world-class transport service” aimed toward producing “higher financial exercise and prosperity within the metropolis” on its official web site, the BRT mission, was launched by former chief minister Pervez Khattak throughout his tenure.

The work on the fixed-rail continues to this present day though the development started again in October 2017. It’s a 26-kilometer east-west hall within the metropolis, designed to maneuver hundreds of passengers per day. Of the entire 31 bus stations, 11 are nonetheless incomplete. The three bus depots, at Chamkani, Hayatabad and Dabgari, are nonetheless in limbo. Out of 200 buses to be imported from China, up to now solely 21 have made it to the mission.

On account of all this mismanagement, the fee overrun for Peshawar BRT mission is 17 billion PKR.

 

 

 

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