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BRT Peshawar nominated for Prize for Cities Award 2022

The Peshawar BRT has been nominated for the Prize for Cities Award 2022 under World Resources Institute (WRI) forum.

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The Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has been nominated for the Prize for Cities Award 2022 under World Resources Institute (WRI) forum.

ARY News cited the TransPeshawar spokesperson as saying that “the World Resources Institute (WRI) has nominated Peshawar BRT for Prize for Cities Award 2022.”

He added, “260 projects from 155 cities were selected for the Prize for Cities award. Among them, BRT Peshawar has been nominated as top 5.”

He further said that BRT Peshawar was earlier accorded International Gold Standard Service status.

Read more: BRT Peshawar gets international recognition

“So far, only 6 countries around the world have won the BRT Gold Standard Service Award,” he added.

Taking to Twitter, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa finance minister Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra said, “Funny how it’s Peshawar BRT gaining all the awards. Not Lahore, Pindi, or Multan.”

Earlier this year, the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) received the Gold Standard Service award from the Technical Committee of the BRT Standards for providing environment-friendly services to the people of the provincial capital.

The BRT was inaugurated by the then chief minister of the province Pervez Khattak in 2020. It is transforming transport through its clean technology buses, promoting non-motorized traffic, and transporting a staggering 250,000 passengers daily, out of which 20% are women.

Read more: Peshawar BRT changing lives of women

Earlier in February, it received the Gold Standard Service award for providing passenger-oriented, environment-friendly facilities to the people of Peshawar.

On receiving the international award, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) hailed ZuPeshawar, the operator of the BRT system, saying that Peshawar has now become the first city in the subcontinent, third in Asia, and 11th globally to receive the Gold Standard.

Earlier, the BRT had also received the certificate of International Sustainable Award by the International Transport Organisation, while the UN Women has also honoured the BRT for providing the best and safe travelling facility to women. The BRT, he added, was providing the best possible commuting facilities to its passengers.