PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government temporarily suspended the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on Wednesday, days after the project’s third bus caught fire.
“BRT buses will be reviewed afresh,” spokesman Transpacer Muhammad Omair said. He said, “Passenger safety is the top priority of the institute.”
He said a detailed review of the buses made by the company would be done, stating that an investigation is also being done to determine if two buses of the project had caught fire earlier.
“All buses will be extensively investigated and inspected,” he said. “BRT service will be restored once fully cleaned [of defects] From all technical angles, ”the spokesperson added.
He said that this decision was taken in the larger interest of the citizens of Peshawar.
BRT bus fire
Last week, local media reported that the BRT bus caught fire near Gulbahar station. According to eyewitnesses, the bus caught fire as soon as it reached the station.
There were passengers inside the bus when the fire broke out, however, they managed to escape in time. Rescue 1122 was called to the site and the fire was extinguished.
This was the third BRT bus to catch fire recently. A metro bus caught fire on 26 August, followed by another bus which met the same fate in Phase-VI Hayatabad area of the city.
The Peshawar BRT, one of the government’s flagship projects, was launched on 13 August. The project was completed in 36 months at a cost of 69 billion rupees.
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