BRT achieves global Sustainable Transport recognition for Peshawar  

PESHAWAR— Bus Rapid Transport System commonly known as BRT has achieved global recognition for Peshawar after nomination for Sustainable Transport Award. The award ceremony will be held next week in Washington DC, United States of America (USA).

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), financed BRT, has said that Peshawar among three cities in the world being recognised at the 2022 Sustainable Transport Award ceremony, to be held in Washington DC on February 09.

Taking to Twitter, the ADB said that Peshawar has been nominated for its “state of the art, gender and environment friendly Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) System”.

Senator Faisal Javed, who is also Chairman Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting, also confirmed the development, saying that Peshawar has been nominated for Sustainable Transport Awards.

 He claimed that the award, which will be presented on February 09 at Washington DC, has been given in recognition of transforming streets, prioritizing sustainability and expanding access mobility for all residents in the provincial capital. “It further says despite Covid-19 challenges changing every facet of life, including residents’ mobility. These nominated cities have proven that remarkable things are possible with strong political will, public support and participation, dogged implementation, and great vision,” the senator said in a Twitter post.

Bogota Colombia Winner 2022 among 31 nominees would be joined by the two honorable mention cities including Peshawar Pakistan and Tartu Estonia. Bogota Colombia adapted quickly to the pandemic by improving road safety, encouraging bike travel, and rethinking the use of transit and public space.

Peshawar’s BRT has reduced travel times and costs, while increasing access to and encouraging multimodal transport while Biogas buses and green electricity-powered bike at Tartu Estonia shares are propelling Tartu toward carbon neutrality and accessible transit.

Each year, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and the Sustainable Transport Award Committee select a city that has implemented innovative sustainable transportation projects in the preceding year.

“The winning city and honourable mentions are honoured in a virtual ceremony hosted in February of the winning year,” said the Sustainable Transport Award on its website.

The Peshawar High Court, on a plea, had directed FIA to investigate alleged corruption in BRT. However, Supreme Court, on KP government request, set aside the Peshawar High Court and stopped FIA and NAB from investigating.

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