Sindh government to purchase 250 hybrid electric passenger buses for 6 districts

Karachi: The Sindh government has decided to purchase 250 diesel hybrid electric buses for public transportation needs of residents of six districts of the province.

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The recently held meeting of the Sindh cabinet with Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in chair approved the plan of purchasing the buses under the Sindh Intra-District Peoples’ Bus Service Project.

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The project will initially be implemented in the cities of Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Mirpurkhas, and Shaheed Benazirabad. The project will cost around Rs 8 billion. The Sindh government has already released half amount of the project’s cost.

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While chairing the cabinet meeting, the CM termed it a good development for the residents of the six districts.

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He assured the Sindh government’s Transport Department that the required funds would be provided to it to complete the project at the earliest.

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A senior official of the Sindh Transport and Mass Transit Department told Gulf News that the process of international competitive bidding would be involved in purchasing the buses.

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He said the process would take some months to fulfill the due formalities of the process.

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He hoped that the project would become operational in the current year.

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The official said the government after purchasing the buses would hand over them to the private sector to operate them.

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Fleet increased

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Just recently 10 electric passenger buses start operating in Karachi from Sohrab Goth till Native Jetty Bridge. This is the first time anywhere in Pakistan that a project of electric buses have been implemented.

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Sindh Transport Minister Syed Awais Qadir Shah that the fleet of the electric buses would be increased in Karachi gradually every month.

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He said the government would also complete the modern mass transit system in Karachi in the form of Bus Rapid Transit Service.

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He said the Sindh government had been doing its best to facilitate the prospective investors to resolve the mass transportation problems of Karachi.

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