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Pervez directs to fulfill all requirements under rapid bus transit project

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak has given a time line for the different packages of the rapid bus transit Peshawar. He directed for the fulfillment of all requirements under the rapid bus transit project for the expeditious initiation and completion of the project.
Khattak directed to float tenders for all three packages by April 30. Tenders should be floated for the first two packages, by 15th April and the 3rd one by 30th April. The evaluation of the project should be completed within 8 days and mobilization in 15 days. The Chief Minister directed PDA to ask FWO for the timely completion of service roads and utilities etc under the project.
He was presiding over a high level meeting regarding rapid bus transit Peshawar project which was attended by Chief Secretary Abid Saeed, Additional Chief Secretary Azam Khan, administrative secretaries, head of strategic support unit, Sahibzada Saeed, representatives of Asian Development Bank and others. The meeting was informed about the practical steps so far taken under the project. Three depots would be established at the main Chamkani terminal, Dabgari Garden and Hayatabad for the parking, workshop and allied services required for the project.
The Chief Minister said that this project was his passion and a challenge asking the participants of the meeting to work hard and inform him of any hurdle in the whole process. He directed to expedite the land acquisition at different sites of the project including depots and commercial activities should be planned there. He also directed to allocate Rs. 70 crores for the land acquisition etc. 380 vehicles of different size would be required for the project. He directed to plan commercial activities including parking plazas and the award should be given on competitive bidding adding that all work should be time bound and the payment should be made transparently. He directed that Peshawar Development Authority should establish special team for the project to undertake financial and billing etc. Work on the project should be round the clock and the depots and shopping plazas should have enough space for commercial activities so that the project could be run on commercial line.
Chief Minister said that the traffic related problems in Peshawar was fast becoming a challenge therefore the project needed to be started and completed as expeditiously as possible. This project would integrate the whole 8 routes of Peshawar and would be a one solution to all the traffic congestion.
District Nazim Peshawar Arbab Asim would be the chief executive of the company of the project and the Asian Development Bank would provide financial help.
The Chief Minister directed to remove all the bottlenecks to reach the mile stones of different phases of the project and achieve the targets under the project. The provincial government would provide one time budgeting and there would be no subsidy. The project was a viable one and he himself would approve it from all forums, he added.

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