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Peshawar TMAs get online system

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has launched an online system in all the four town municipal administrations of Peshawar.

A statement issued here said that the system had been put in place under a project of the provincial information technology department, costing Rs47 million. The system was formally launched in a function attended by provincial minister for information technology Shahram Tarakai and senior minister for local government Inayatullah Khan.

Briefing participants of the ceremony about various aspects of the initiative, officials of the IT and LG departments said that the project was meant to integrate overall activities of the local councils at the four town offices. They said that the initiative included networking inside the department and connection with the field offices for file tracking and resource sharing, tendering, bidding, auction, accounts, financial management, budgeting, HR management, attendance of employees complaint redressal and litigation.

They said that all municipal services had been computerised with the aim to ensure transparency, efficiency and better citizen services delivery.

Addressing the ceremony, the provincial ministers termed the initiative a revolutionary step of the provincial government and said that the project would ensure transparency in the affairs of municipalities and efficient service delivery.

They said that this automated/online system would also help a great deal to collect real time data about municipal services and thus result in better policy decision making for public wellbeing. The ministers directed the high-ups of both the departments to include an effective public complaint redressal mechanism in the newly-launched system.

The project will facilitate faster exchange of information between various sections of the Local Government and Local Council Board for reducing the amount of paperwork which will result in efficiency and better data management. Through this online system the citizens will also have a more convenient platform for interacting with the government.
 
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Bus rapid transit for Peshawar wins green light

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) Provincial Working Development Party (PWDP) on Tuesday approved the revised Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project with a 54 per cent increase in the total cost to Rs57 billion as against December 2016’s estimation of Rs37 billion.

Improper mapping of the project by the two stakeholders – Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Transport Department and Peshawar Development Authority – is said to be the reason behind the sudden cost overrun.

The project’s documents presented in the PWDP meeting, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, showed the cost of the project increased due to inclusion of Sunehri Masjid Alignment, institutional costs, resettlement costs, land requisition resettlement cost, utilities relocation, financing charges and fleet scraping charges.

A senior official of the K-P Transport Department told The Express Tribune that the cost increased owing to lack of proper preparation of the initial design of the BRT. The official said many ‘technical flaws’ were made in the design despite the fact that millions were given to the consultant for preparation of the design.

“Now after changes in the alignment, the government has again paid millions of rupees for the redesigned plan of the project,” the official added.

Some of the major components necessary in the BRT design such as plan for managing the existing traffic of the city during the project’s execution were also missing in the preliminary design.

According to the documents, the cost of infrastructure and establishment of depots increased by 62.5 per cent to Rs39 billion from Rs24 billion, while utility relocation cost has been increased by a whopping 740 per cent to Rs4.2 billion as compared with the previous Rs500 million in the newly approved design.

The project has been approved with new cost of Rs57.23 billion, in which Rs50 billion will be provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as a soft loan and Rs7.23 billion by the K-P government.

According to details, BRT in Peshawar will be accessible to 17.54 per cent of the city’s total population or a total of over 500,000 individuals. According to the plan, the BRT routes will be extended beyond the corridor to provide ease to the population living in the urban localities of the city.

The proposed corridor of the BRT has been surrounded with high commuting activities making the system ideal for passengers. Commercial and business areas along the GT Road fall on the main road, whereas the highly populated residential areas will be served by the secondary roads.

The 26 kilometers BRT, of which 6.0 kilometres will be elevated having five kilometre tunnels. The system will have 32 stations, two depots and 150 bus stops with an addition of 450 buses to the BRT fleet.

Two types of buses –9.0 metres and 12 metres – will be used for Peshawar BRT. The 9.0-metre buses will be plying on smaller roads outside the corridor such as Kohat Road, Bara Road, and residential roads in Hayatabad.
 
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The Sustainable Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project was recently given the green signal by the Provincial Development Working Party.

About Bus Rapid Transit Project.

The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is the equivalent of the Lahore and Islamabad/Rawalpindi Metro Bus service. Once completed, the BRT will be accessible to 17.54 per cent of Peshawar’s total population (about 500,000 people) daily. The bus routes are expected to be extended beyond the corridor, according to the project plan.

The project’s cost had increased by Rs. 20 billion and will now cost Rs. 57.23 billion. It was approved at a meeting held in Peshawar. Out of the total cost, Asian Development Bank will be paying Rs. 50 billion soft loan while the government will be paying Rs. 7.23 billion of the cost.

Project Details

The route is divided into these individual sections:

* a 26 km long corridor
* 15 kilometer street level road
* 6 km elevated portion
* 5 km tunnel section

Additionally the bus route will feature:

* 32 stations
* 2 depots
* 150 bus stops
* 450 buses
* 68 km feeder bus routes
* a 6 story parking plaza
* 61 acre commercial plaza

Total cost breakdown of the BRT is as follows:

* Infrastructure and depots: Rs. 39.27 billion
* Utility relocation: Rs. 4.2 billion
* Fleet scrapping and environmental mitigation: Rs. 1.11 billion
* Fleet procurement: Rs. 7.78 billion

Why The Budget Was Increased
There were a number of reasons why the total cost of the project was increased by Rs. 20 billion. This 54% increase in the total cost was due to:

* International bidding
* Inclusion of Sunehri Masjid alignment
* Inclusion of institutional costs
* Resettlement costs
* Land acquisition
* Resettlement plan
* Utilities relocation
* Financing charges
* Fleet scrapping

One end of the bus route is at Chamkani while the other end, or the last bus stop is Cancer Hospital at Jamrud Road. Two different types of buses will be used, a 9 metre bus and a 12 metre bus. The 9 metre bus will be used on smaller roads such as Kohat Road, Bara Road and in areas near Hayatabad.

12 Month Duration
The Peshawar Rapid Transit Project will be sent to the Central Development Working Party for approval first.

Project duration is going to be 12 months with the aim to provide the users a comfortable, well-designed and affordable mode of transportation.
 
K-P allocates Rs 19 billion for BRT corridor affectees

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has allocated Rs19 billion to procure land to resettle affectees from the Peshawar Sustainable Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor Project.

As per the plan, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, Rs 17.1 billion of the total allocated amount has been set aside for acquiring land, while Rs 1.7 billion has been kept as a contingency and Rs 193.1 million have been set as compensation and resettlement assistance funds.

Bus rapid transit for Peshawar wins green light

Documents for the plan reveal that the corridor would impact 535 households once their land is acquired to build the project.

The plan had been prepared by the K-P Planning and Development Department to meet the soft-loan requirements set by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the bus corridor project.

The project is estimated to cost around Rs56 billion of which the ADB would provide the K-P government with Rs48.182 billion as a soft loan. The remaining Rs8 billion would be provided by the K-P government, according to the documents.

As per ADB’s requirement, the land acquisition and resettlement plan have to be translated into local languages and made available to the public. A three-tier mechanism has been designed to address the grievances of the displaced and stakeholders. Moreover, the documents show that the entire resettlement process would be internally and externally monitored.

A major portion of the project will be built on the already existing ‘right of way’ and lands owned by the K-P government. However, the government needs to acquire 117-kanals of private agricultural land for the Eastern Side Bus Depot, located outside Peshawar along the Northern Bypass.

Moreover, a number of permanent structures including underpass markets — one in Hashtnagri area and the other at Firdous Cinema — with around 84 shops, four commercial toilets, three kiosks and 12 stores would have to be demolished to make way for the project.

Besides the underpasses, a horizontal complex at Chughal Pura, which has 14 shops and a store room, would also have to be demolished for a second ‘bus station’ at the site.

Bus Rapid Transit: Over 0.5m Peshawar residents to use BRT every day

Two mosques are also expected to be razed for the project.

As per the preliminary design of the project, a large number of people and businesses would have to be resettled, but adjustments have been made in the BRT design to minimise the displacement and resettlement.

Apart from residential and commercial centres, the project would also impact public utilities and would require the relocation of electricity poles, transformers, water supply stations, drainage systems, and telecommunications infrastructure. The transport department would be paying for relocating and rehabilitating utilities.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2017.
 
Pre-qualification of Consultants Selection of Site for New Peshawar International Airport

To meet the increasing demand of air traffic, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has decided to conduct studies for the selection of a suitable site for new International Airport at Peshawar, within adjoining areas of the city.

PCAA is desirous to engage the services of a consultant who would be responsible for suggesting suitable sites (meeting international standards) for the new airport, and submitting complete report on availability of land/amenities, feasibility studies, airport master planning etc.

Joint ventures/consortium of local (registered with Pakistan Engineering Council) and international consultancy firms, possessing prior experience and expertise in planning, developing and managing large-scale airport and aviation projects and having adequate organizational structure and financial soundness, are invited to apply for pre-qualification.

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They need to do this in Sindh and Balochistan as well, make Pakistan Green

Sindh and Balochistan is where the tree's are needed most, most of the land is barren, hence extreme heat and drought, trees will definitely help in the long run, but I dont see that happening due to the fact we have the most corrupt and treacherous greedy politicians who dont give a dime about the country.
 
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