Sindh Transport Minister, Sharjeel Memon, has issued an order for the Sindh Mass Transit Authority to launch the People’s Electric Bus Service immediately and to decide on its routes in Karachi. In a session on Monday, members discussed the purchase of new buses and the introduction of new routes. The government has authorized the purchase of additional buses and is working to expedite the procurement process.
In addition to the electric bus service, the Sindh government also has plans to launch an electric taxi service to compete with ride-hailing services. The government aims to provide an environmentally friendly and comfortable alternative to the existing high-priced ride-hailing services. According to Memon, the high fares of existing ride-hailing services have made it difficult to introduce a more affordable and new taxi service.
The government is working to create an environmentally friendly and comfortable taxi service in Karachi, although a specific launch date has not been announced. The service is currently undergoing testing. Electric bus is the one whose propulsion and accessory system are powered exclusively by a zero-emission electricity source, such as onboard batteries, overhead wires, hydrogen-fuel cells or ground-based-non-contact conductors.
The launch of the People’s Electric Bus Service and the Electric Taxi Project are part of the government’s efforts to improve public transportation in the city, as well as being environmentally friendly. The government also aims to provide a cost-effective alternative to the existing ride-hailing services, as well as promoting sustainable transportation in the city.