DERA ISMAIL KHAN:
In an otherwise secure and satisfactory transport service provided by BRT Peshawar, a serious issue one notices is that it employs non-reusable paper as a ticketing material. The paper is qualified by a QR code that lets the passenger in and out through the entry and exit points, but is thrown into the dustbin after a single journey. A survey shows that almost 175,000 passengers commute through this service on a daily basis. Paper is largely manufactured from trees in Pakistan. The mass production of paper for ticketing purposes is dangerous for the environment and counter-productive to the climate mitigation efforts initiated by the government. Re-usable plastic-based material should be used as ticketing material or a transport card should be introduced.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2021.