In what is a rare instance, a heavy-duty Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicle broke down and had to be pushed by passengers after it failed to kick off on the streets of Pakistan. The high-quality bus-based transit system, known for its efficient high speed performance around the globe, has already had a rocky start in Peshawar amid corruption controversies and other accidents. And when it was finally time for the buses to hit the road again, this unfortunate incident happened on the main corridor near the Abdara station on Friday.
Photos, videos and of course, memes, of the incident quickly went viral with people joking “BRT is also great for keeping people fit’.
Watch the video here:
BRT Peshawar getting local help pic.twitter.com/H7w8XfVV5J
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) November 20, 2020
As many slammed the government for failing to execute the project properly, others came up with sarcastic tweets to poke fun at the authorities.
Peshawar BRT is a true reflection of Naya Pakistan. دھکا-start pic.twitter.com/lts4rAuCwT
— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) November 20, 2020
— Kashif khan (@kashifkhan4391) November 21, 2020
BRT powered by manpower..real tabdeeli, who says our govt is not innovative pic.twitter.com/YVnuUomDQt
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) November 20, 2020
2020 be like…. pic.twitter.com/11wp4Llllv
— Maria Memon (@Maria_Memon) November 20, 2020
When transport service runs out of horsepower and requires manpower https://t.co/08LZBK1gaO
— Ali Gul Pir (@Aligulpir) November 20, 2020
Peshawar BRT is promoting healthy lifestyles and fitness.
After all the chapli kebabs and charsi tikkas, the citizens of Peshawar need solid workouts.
You either burn calories or risk being burnt inside the bus as it catches fire!
The choice is yours! pic.twitter.com/zRE5doT9dt
— Uzair Younus عُزیر یُونس (@UzairYounus) November 20, 2020
— Mahwash (@mahwash26) November 20, 2020
Residents pay their tribute to the amazing services of BRT by giving ride to one of it’s busses 🖤
Peshawar 2020 pic.twitter.com/fze9LBwV2r
— History Of Pakistan (@OldPakHistory) November 20, 2020
— Akbar Zada Yousaf Zai (@zada_zai) November 20, 2020
— Adil Khan (@AdilBashir120) November 20, 2020
— Fahad Marwat (@fahad_marwat) November 20, 2020
Just another day of PTI’s model project BRT Peshawar being awesome! pic.twitter.com/vaPlZy4n6w
— Maleeha Manzoor (@MaleehaManzoor) November 20, 2020
Clean energy, Dhika start Rapid Trasnport. https://t.co/rdz01n6k3H
— Aimal khan (@aimalkn) November 20, 2020
It’s not BRT (bus rapid transport) it’s BDT (bus dhakha transport)… 😇😇😇 https://t.co/XudRkosPTd
— Waqar Hussain (@HussainWaqar057) November 21, 2020
BRT spokesman Friday said the bus service was fully operational and teams of experts and engineers were always there to cope with any emergency, according to Geo TV. “A minor fault had occurred in the bus near Abdara station,” the TransPeshawar spokesperson said, adding there were alternate buses in case of an emergency.
The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party has been at the receiving end ever since the Peshawar BRT project was launched in August this year. In September, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government suspended the project, saying it was conducting a technical review of the buses for safety purposes. Five Peshawar BRT buses in total have broken down since the project has been launched, with three of them erupting into flames.
Opposition Leader in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had demanded the formation of a commission to probe the delivery of buses for the Peshawar BRT service from China even before the completion of civil work, Dawn reported. The Chinese company has delivered 128 buses till now, under the agreement, which states it will supply a total of 220 hybrid buses, the report added.
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