BRT service suspended after fourth bus catches fire in Peshawar
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He said the company will have all the buses inspected again by the manufacturer before they are put back on the route. The safety of passengers is their top priority and the bus service will be restored very soon. The suspension is temporary, he added.
According to the spokesman, the bus service will be restored after each vehicle is technically cleared by the company.
Another Day, Another Metro Bus in Peshawar catches Fire. This is unteempth incident of fire in BRT Peshawar in couple of weeks. BRT operation now completely suspended till further notice. pic.twitter.com/gFh6c6wnkA— Sami Khan (@SamiKhanKp) September 16, 2020
The rescuers said that the fire started in air-conditioning compartment and was extinguished with the use of carbon dioxide. Video footages shared on social media and WhatsApp groups showed plumes of thick smoke coming out of the bus.
This was the fourth such incident in less than a month.
The first bust caught fire on August 26 at Hayatabad station, the second incident occurred on September 3 at University Road and the third happened on September 11 at Chimkani.
The BRT service was inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan on August 14 after multiple delays. He had called it “the highest-level metro project of the country”.
At least 128 buses ply the 27-kilometre track in Peshawar. They stop at 30 stations across the city.