PESHAWAR: Gas supply will remain suspended in some areas of Peshawar due to shifting of a gas line which is passing through an underpass of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the city.

The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) spokesman for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said on Sunday that the 12-inch diameter pipeline from the BRT station will be shifted today (Sunday) due to which gas supply will remain suspended from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The spokesman said the gas supply will remain suspended in Warsak Road, Charsadda Road, Pajagi Road, Lady Reading Hospital hostel, PTCL Colony, Nothia and other nearby areas during the repair work. The spokesman requested the gas consumers to cooperate with the SNGPL staff. He advised the gas consumers to keep the gas appliances off from 9:00 am to avoid happening of any untoward incident.

The latest anomaly surfaced in the BRT project few days ago as it was pointed out that the gas pipeline passing through an underpass of the BRT station in Hashtnagri may pose threat to the lives of the passengers using this station.

The Chief Minister’s Inspection Team had pinpointed several flaws in the design of the BRT project recently. A woman was also killed after she was hit by a bus of the BRT project. However, the driver was released on bail.

An underpass has been established for pedestrians for crossing the GT Road near the Hashtnagri station, but the gas pipeline was not shifted to a safer location due to which the pedestrians were facing a lot of difficulties. The gas pipeline was just six and a half feet above the ground level.

The Sui Northern officials said that the shifting of the gas line could not be carried out earlier due to change in the design of the project. They said they had sought Rs300,000 fund from the Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) for shifting of the gas line.

The inspection team had said in its report that the mega project was initiated without proper planning due to which its cost increased and the exchequer was burdened. The report mentioned flaws in the feasibility report due to which the project was frequently changed.

Courtesy: TNN