‘Eco-friendly’ electric bus service test run starts in Karachi today
In a move aimed at improving the environment of the city, the Sindh government will begin test run for environment-friendly buses in Karachi from today (Monday).
Sindh Minister for Information, Transport and Mass Transit Sharjeel Inam Memon shared brief details of the latest initiative on social media.
In a tweet Sharjeel informed that, “Transport department government of Sindh is going to start New Bus service in karachi. These are Pakistan’s first electrical vehicles which are completely environment friendly. From tomorrow we are going to start the test drive in the city.”
The announcement of the new plan by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government has come at a time when new transport projects are underway in Karachi while new routes have been launched one after another under the People’s Bus Service project.
However, doubts remain about the sustainability of electric buses as last year the initiative did not last long.
Sindh government had taken a similar initiative in March 2021 and launched the country’s first electric bus project in Karachi with the promise that the number of these eco-friendly vehicles would reach 100 by the end of the year.
An electric bus was started to run from Tower to Sohrab Goth areas of Karachi and the fare was set at a minimum of Rs10 per stop, but it did not prove sustainable and this single route was also discontinued.