PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan formally launched Zu Bus Service on three feeder routes of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Hayatabad, Peshawar on Monday. The first of these feeder routes starts from Mall of Hayatabad and goes up to phase-6 via Basharat, second feeder rout starts from Karkhano Market and goes upto phase-7 terminal via Industrial Estate while third feeder route starts from Mall of Hayatabad and goes upto Haji Camp via Bagh-e-Naran.
Initially 25 Zu Buses will ply on these routes to transport passengers from various points of Hayatabad to the main corridor of BRT. Timing of these buses is 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Addressing the launching ceremony as chief guest, Chief Minister Mahmood khan termed the Peshawar project as the best of all the BRT system in the country and said that initially Zu Bus Service had been launched on three feeder routes whereas four more feeder routes will be inaugurated in near future.
He said that keeping in view the increasing popularity and utility of the BRT, number of buses and feeder routes of BRT would further be increased so that the entire population of Peshawar region could benefit this modern transport facility. Mahmood Khan said that public had made positive criticism on delay in the completion of BRT project, but now after its completion, the public highly lauds the project.
He termed the Peshawar BRT as a unique system of public transport equipped with all modern facilities and said that there is a huge difference between the BRT system of Peshawar and those of other cities adding that 27 kilometers long main corridor of Peshawar BRT with in elevated portion of 13 kilometers has been completed with a cost of just Rs. 31 billion.
The Chief Minister stated that there is open invitation for those who criticize Peshawar BRT project just for their political point scoring; to come and visit the BRT project to find out how much better Peshawar BRT is, as compared to the rapid bus system of other cities. Later on, the Chief Minister, along with his cabinet members took a ride on Zu Bus.