PM Imran Khan’s Karachi visit on 12 August postponed

KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan has postponed his visit to Karachi on August 12 as he decided to visit Peshawar to inaugurate BRT in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on 13 August.
According to sources, the visit of the Prime Minister Imran Khan to Karachi was postponed after he would be visiting Peshawar to inaugurate one of the key projects ‘BRT’ of the PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The official documents revealed that the mega Project is consists of a 27.5km main track and 31 stations while the length of the feeder routes is 62km and has 146 stops.
The main track is connected to seven different areas of the city so that the people can travel from their areas in small buses to reach the main route.
Official documents have estimated that the initial estimate for the BRT project was Rs49.43 billion, however, the cost of the revised PC-1 had increased to Rs66.43 billion, which was further increased to Rs70 billion.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and AFD had provided a $593 million loan for the project, while the remaining amount was provided by the provincial government.
The officials claimed that all arrangements have been completed and about 300,000 passengers will travel in BRT buses daily.
Sources said PM Imran has also summoned Governor Sindh Imran Ismail in Islamabad. The governor Sindh left for Islamabad from Jinnah International Airport Karachi today, sources added.
On August 09, it was reported that PM Khan will likely visit Karachi on August 12 to get briefings on federal funded development projects and other issues faced by the people of the metropolis.
The prime minister’s visit was planned in the aftermath of the issues faced by the city during the ongoing monsoon season as he sought the Pakistan Army’s help in resolving Karachi issues.
Besides, PM Khan had also directed NDMA to clean drain storms in the city to ensure uninterrupted passage of sewage water.
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