Peshawar metro bus system unfeasible... CM
Chitral Times Report
PESHAWAR: Terming any offer by federal
government for establishing metro bus system in Peshawar
unfeasible, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak asked
the federal government to grant on lease the surplus land of
Pakistan Railways alongside the railway track from Chamkani to
Hayatabad for the Mass Transit Transport Service.
Responding to a cut motion moved by MPA Bakht Baidar at the
Assembly floor Monday, the Chief Minister also floated a new
proposal for connecting four districts of Peshawar, Charsadda,
Nowshera and Mardan through fast track railway system by utilizing
the existing redundant railway track and said a survey for
feasibility of the proposed project would be started soon.
He said that the proposed fast track rail service would be the best
option for providing rapid and economical travelling services to
the commuters of the four districts. He added that if federal
government agrees, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was ready to
complete the proposed project from its own resources. Ruling out
any possibility to consider metro bus project for Peshawar, he said
that the provincial government was unable to afford a heavy cost of
over 45 billion for metro bus besides the recurring cost of 4-5
billion subsidy every year.
The Chief Minister told that the provincial government had prepared
feasibility of 25 kilometer Chamkani- Hayatabad Mass Transit
Project which would hardly cost 10 to 12 billion rupees and would
prove more beneficial for providing better transport facilities
between Chamkani and Hayatabad. He said the provincial government
had approached the federal government time and again to acquire the
Railways’ land on lease but the federal government failed to
respond properly to our request.