PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has changed the schedule of inauguration of the construction and implementation work of the bus rapid transit Peshawar and now it will inaugurated on October 19.
He directed all the concerned to strictly follow the time line fixed for different working packages. The quality of work should be ensured without wastage of time. The project should be complete within six months, he added.
He was presiding over a meeting on the launching of construction and implementation phase of the Bus Rapid Transit, the level of preparedness for the project, the traffic diversion plan, the up-gradation of diversion roads and the possible irritants also came up for discussion during the meeting.
The meeting was attended by Advisor to Chief Minister on Transport, Malik Shah Muhammad, MPA Shaukat Yousafzai, administrative secretaries, Commissioner Peshawar and DG PDA. Chief Minister directed to remove all the irritants and obstructions in the bus rapid transit project.
The concerned officials engaged in the project were given different tasks and warned against any lethargy in the process of the project.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister presided over another meeting that focused on the bus rapid transit, the up-gradation of seven feeding routes and the overall sketch of the construction work of the bus rapid transit project.
The Chief Minister directed to work on emergency basis with focus on quality construction work and without any delay, he added. He directed to upgrade the feeding roads and also start working on the future connectivity and needs and requirements of integrating the whole Peshawar region to the bus rapid transit under the definite aim that Peshawar should have one comprehensive and integrated solution to all traffic related issues.
He reminded that participants that he had one vision for integrating the whole Peshawar for incoming and outgoing traffic with one solution, he added. He also directed for additional land acquisition and plan to compensate all, affected by the bus rapid transit project.
He also directed to issue notices to FWO for the delayed response on the completion of shifting and relocating of utilities. He agreed to the proposal that PDA would establish its own fuel storage. The supply of buses would be complete towards the end of April because the project would be completed within a record period of six months and so would be the procurement
He asked to contact him if any irritant emerged in the implementation phase of the project. The first batch of the buses would start reaching and operating when the corridor of the project is ready. He directed proper implementation on the decisions and the directives he issued in this regard. However, he asked the concerned quarters to coordinate for the supply of buses in Peshawar under the already decided procurement schedule. – APP