Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has said that it is an honor for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Peshawar to receive the International Gold Standard Service Award not only for the provincial government but also for the entire country.
With BRT Peshawar receiving the Gold Standard Service Award, Pakistan has become the seventh country in the world, the third in Asia, and the first in the subcontinent to receive this award.
In a statement, the CM said that BRT Peshawar was a people-friendly project of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, which had brought a revolution in the public transport system in the provincial capital Peshawar. Undoubtedly, this project is an international standard project, which has been awarded the Gold Standard by the International BRT Standards Technical Committee.
“Receiving this award to BRT Peshawar is a collective achievement of the provincial government, concerned departments and all the partner institutions for which they all deserve tribute for their tireless efforts which made the project a success,” he added.
Khan said that the Gold Standard Award for BRT Peshawar was also a response to the unwarranted criticism of opponents and critics for making this important public welfare project controversial and a failure. With the completion of BRT, more than 2.5 lakh passengers were benefiting from the best travel facilities daily and so far more than 70 million people had traveled in BRT.
The CM further said that given the public utility of BRT, the provincial government was adding more buses to the fleet so that more and more people could avail the excellent transport facility.
“BRT Peshawar is the first third-generation BRT system of its kind in the country which is a milestone in the public transport system,” said the CM.
Khan said that the international acceptance of BRT Peshawar after the Billion Tree Tsunami Project was certainly a source of pride for the provincial government and the people of the province.