The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Peshawar is once more on the verge of being suspended after its service provider, DAEWOO Pakistan Express Bus Service, requested payment from TransPeshawar in the amount of Rs. 660 million.
Management of the BRT is the responsibility of TransPeshawar. The business, which is in dire need of money, has asked the province government for Rs. 1 billion.
If the unpaid balance is not received by DAEWOO Pakistan within the next two days, it has threatened to terminate the bus service in the province capital.
In this regard, the provincial finance secretary has received a letter from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Transport Department. The Department called the Minister’s attention to TransPeshawar’s financial difficulties and demanded the urgent disbursement of Rs. 1 billion to maintain the bus operation.
Sources claim that the BRT service’s subsidy, which rose from Rs. 1.6 billion to Rs. 4.9 billion, has increased dramatically.
When the contractors threatened to stop the public transit if their dues weren’t paid earlier in June, a similar issue arose. TransPeshawar, though, avoided the suspension by making over half of the unpaid invoices.
One of the outstanding programs implemented by the previous provincial government, in the opinion of the residents of Peshawar, was the BRT service. The bus service has provided the working class with significant relief as a result of the soaring gasoline prices. The suspension of it would be a severe blow to the populace, who already face record inflation.