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Peshawar bus project to focus on women
July 18, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: As the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is built in Peshawar, its backers are focusing on a key aspect: gender parity with a large slice of the jobs it creates reserved for women and a focus on boosting the number of women who opt for public transport in the city.

The project, which is estimated to cost more than Rs61 billion is expected to generate over 4,020 jobs in the city.

The project’s loan proposal which was submitted to the President of Pakistan earlier in June by Asian Development Bank (ADB), a copy of which shows that the project expects to generate more than 4,020 positions.

Of these 1,414 jobs will be at the BRT stations such as ticket clerks, security staff and janitors.

A further 2,522 jobs are expected to be generated in the bus operations department such as drivers, conductors and mechanics. As many as 57 employees will also work in the TransPeshawar department.

Of all these jobs, 10 per cent of the positions will be filled by women.

The 26-kilometre-long BRT project is expected to be completed at an estimated cost of over Rs61 billion, of which Rs34.81 billion will be provided by the ADB as a regular loan while Rs7.89 billion will be sought from the French international development agency Agency France Development (AFD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) as a loan to finance civil works and cover equipment cost.

The project is likely to become operational by 2019, but the main civil works are expected to be completed before the upcoming general elections in 2018, the documents stated.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Inayatullah Khan said that a proposal submitted by ADB to the government is likely to be approved by both parties the federal with input from the KP government over its completion time and other terms.

The loan provided by ADB will be for 25 years, including a five-year grace period. The annual interest rate would be determined in accordance with ADB’s London Interbank offered rate of 0.15 per cent every year.

As many as 1.8 million residents of Peshawar are expected to benefit from BRT. Of this, 40 per cent are classified as poor while 0.5 million passengers are expected to use the project regularly, the documents stated.

However, the documents revealed a commitment to make the project gender mainstream.


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