KP govt rejects propaganda against Peshawar BRT as bus runs over woman


PESHAWAR: A woman was crushed to death under BRT bus in the provincial capital here on Saturday, as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai claimed that false propaganda was being spread about buses of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system on social media.

According to details, the BRT bus was being run on a trial basis near Phase III Chowk in Hayatabad area of Peshawar during which a woman climbed down the railing and came on the track.

The woman identified as Lubna and hailing from Charsadda was critically injured in the accident.

The injured woman was rushed to Hayatabad Medical Complex where she succumbed to her wounds.

In a statement later, Yousafzai said BRT Peshawar buses were state-of-the-art in every aspect. Doors have been installed on both of its sides, he added.

“False and baseless propaganda is being spread on social media regarding the buses. The buses would be run on feeder routes of Bara Road, Kohat Road and Charsadda Road apart from BRT system routes,” he said.

He said because of overcrowding on feeder routes, doors of left sides would be used only as traffic was run on left side. While, he said, right side doors will be used on BRT system routes as platforms were on the right side.

On March 23, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan had directed the inspection team for inquiry into delay in construction of the BRT Peshawar project.

In a statement earlier, Mahmood Khan had said that soft opening for the project would be held on March 23, which could not materialise. He had warned that next course of action would be taken in case of delay.

CM Khan had directed the provincial inspection team to hold inquiry to determine who was responsible for the delay and present him a comprehensive report on it. He said strict action would be taken against those responsible for this.

Mahmood Khan had said BRT Peshawar project was started for welfare and ease of poor people.