Ci­ti­zens face dif­fi­cul­ties af­ter BRT ser­vice sus­pended own­ing to fire

Daily Messenger - - National -

PE­SHAWAR: The ci­ti­zens faced dif­fi­cul­ties in travel on Thurs­day af­ter Pe­shawar Bus-Tran­sit (BRT) ser­vices were sus­pended in the city fol­low­ing a fire in­ci­dent a day prior.

Ci­ti­zens reached var­i­ous bus stops in the morn­ing to avail the ser­vice, launched 33 days ago by Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan, only to find “ser­vice sus­pended" boards hang­ing at the sta­tions.

Com­ment­ing on the mat­ter, a BRT spokesper­son said that the ser­vice got sus­pended af­ter four buses caught fire and added that the de­ci­sion has been made to en­sure the safety of pas­sen­gers.

“A five-mem­ber team has ar­rived from China to in­ves­ti­gate the faults in the ve­hi­cles,” the spokesper­son said, adding that the buses will re­sume op­er­a­tions af­ter clear­ance from the tech­ni­cal ex­perts.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, about 128 BRT buses have been parked at the Chamkani De­pot.

Mean­while, Khy­ber Pakhtunkhw­a (KP) Labour Min­is­ter Shaukat Yousufzai said that a meet­ing of Mass Tran­sit Board is sched­uled on Fri­day [to­day] to re­view all these is­sues.

BRT buses are in­sured and un­der warranty, he said while talk­ing to a pri­vate TV chan­nel, adding that the com­pany has rec­om­mended the gov­ern­ment to sus­pend the ser­vice for safety.

An­other bus of the BRT pro­ject — ply­ing on Hay­atabad's feeder routes caught fire on Wed­nes­day, mak­ing it the fifth one in to­tal to have bro­ken down while the fourth to have erupted into flames.

Ac­cord­ing to res­cue of­fi­cials, pas­sen­gers in­side the bus were taken out of the ve­hi­cle with­out any harm com­ing to them.

Be­fore this in­ci­dent, an­other BRT bus caught fire near Gul­ba­har Sta­tion, lo­cal me­dia had ear­lier re­ported. Ac­cord­ing to eye­wit­nesses, the bus caught fire just as soon as it ar­rived at the sta­tion.

There were pas­sen­gers in­side the bus when it caught fire, how­ever, they man­aged to es­cape just in time. Res­cue 1122 was called to the site and the fire was doused.

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