PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Minister for Information and Transport, Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that making Peshawar Bus Terminal (PBT) a model bus terminal and ensuring all facilities to the transporters as well as passengers in it was a test case for the transport department.

Therefore, the Transport Department should take immediate steps in this regard, he added. This he said while chairing a meeting regarding PBT at Peshawar the other day. The meeting besides others was also attended by the Secretary Transport, Sikandar Qayum, Secretary Information Azmat Hanif Orakzai, Director Transport, Secretary PTA and Secretary RTA Peshawar. The meeting besides discussing the affairs and problems of all the stakeholders in PBT also reviewed its security and decided to fill the sanctioned posts of security guard in the terminal immediately.

The Transport Minister regretted that in the past, no proper attention was paid to the transport sector and its powers were scattered in different departments and institutions, due to which the transport system instead of improving was in doldrums. He said keeping in view the importance of transport sector, the present government after coming into power immediately created a separate and full-fledged Transport Department in the province and acquired the scattered powers from the said departments and institutions. Mian Iftikhar continued that if in time steps were taken 60 years ago, today they would not face the deteriorating transport system and daily traffic jam.

He said the transport system has become so complicated that it could not be revamped within days, adding that for they would need a proper and comprehensive transport policy. In future, all constructions particularly commercial plazas on roadsides should be linked with the NOC of the Transport Department, he stressed.

The Minister directed the authorities concerned to carry out a detailed and comprehensive study for a viable transport policy saying, if necessary, services of transport experts should also be hired.

He said that proper planning was needed in transport sector as if we did not take steps today in this direction on roads would become impossible in the coming days.