PESHAWAR: The Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit System commonly known as BRT Peshawar is ranked as Gold Standard BRT Service- the highest internationally recognized standard than can any BRT can achieve.
By achieving the world highest possible ranking, Pakistan has become the first in sub-continent, 3rd in Asia and 7th country in world to receive the Gold Standard BRT Service Award. BRT Peshawar also set a world record for the Gold Standard Service Award with 97 out of 100 points. “Yes, so far no country has received so many gold standard service points,” Barrister Saif, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan special assistant on Information and public relations, said.
The Technical Committee of the BRT Standard comprised of globally renowned experts that evaluates world-class bus rapid system, awarded Gold Standard Service award to Peshawar BRT.
In this regard, a formal ceremony was organized at the Chief Minister House which was graced by Higher Education Minister Kamran Bangash, additional chief secretary, secretary transport, CEO TransPeshawar, members of International BRT Standard Committee and representatives of AFD and Asian Development Bank- financed the Peshawar BRT. Dr. Walter Hook, member of the technical committee, presented the Global Standard Service award to Kamran Khan Bangash.
After the ceremony, Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif hold a press conference in which he told that BRT Peshawar has once again been honored with the International Gold Standard Service for its “outstanding” performance, operating unique routes for passengers, safe travel facilities and women’s travelers. BRT Peshawar has provided best facilities to every class of people, including women and differently-bled persons during its one and half year service.
Barrister Saif informed that so far only 6 countries have managed to win the BRT Gold Standard Service Award. Saif said, “All the services of BRT Peshawar have been independently and fairly scrutinised by the international body. Several members of the organisation traveled on the BRT Peshawar buses without informing the government officials and passengers.”
Barrister Saif said 87 more buses would be part of the system this year that would help in reducing the rush on existing buses.