Byline: M Hamza
The previous provincial government of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, led by Pervez Khattak, launched the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project on October 20, 2017, with the claim that the project would be completed in six months.
The project, however, is still under construction and the cost has spiralled from Rs49 billion to over Rs68 billion due to the frequent changes in its design. The Peshawar metro bus project has no proper drainage system. With the absence of manholes, clearing the drains is not possible, due to which overflowing occurs on the road, in normal days and especially during rain. This is causing problems in the smooth flow of traffic and pedestrians.
To avoid overflow during normal days as well as in the rainy season, I urge the authorities concerned to visit and recheck the drainage capacity, clear the existing choked manholes and construct new ones wherever required.