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Financial woes: fare hike proposed for BRT Peshawar


BRT Peshawar

PESHAWAR: The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project initiated during the PTI regime is grappling with a financial shortfall, prompting proposals for a fare hike in Peshawar to cover the deficit.

The KP Urban Mobility Authority has submitted a summary of suggestions to the provincial government.

Under the first proposal, a fare increase of 5 to 20 rupees is recommended, with an estimated annual income of 1 billion 36 crore 33 lakh rupees. The second suggestion proposes a fare hike of Rs 5 to Rs 10, generating an annual income of Rs 672.1 million.

Despite rising oil prices, BRT fares have remained unchanged, resulting in substantial subsidies from the provincial government. The proposed fare increase aims to alleviate this burden on the government.

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The document also suggests exploring additional options alongside the fare hike, including an increase of Rs 10 to Rs 20 in express route bus fares. Currently, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is providing a subsidy of over 3 billion rupees annually for the BRT Peshawar project.

It’s noteworthy that BRT fares were previously increased by Rs 5 in June 2023. The financial challenges faced by the project underline the complexities of sustaining large-scale infrastructure initiatives.

BRT ROUTES

Built at the cost of around Rs70 billion, the track of BRT Peshawar is 27 km long on which 220 air-conditioned buses will run.

There are two routes of seven and thirty-one stops for the convenience of the public.

The BRT route runs from Chamkani to Karkhano Market. Buses will run on the track seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For the convenience of the public, two routes have been introduced on the same track. A route from Chamkani to Karkhano Market consists of seven stops and will be completed in 45 minutes.

There are 31 stations on the second route and the journey will take one hour. The fare for the first five kilometers has been fixed at Rs10, the fare will increase by Rs5 after every five kilometers.

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