After Pink Bus Service, the Sindh government all set to launch a “Pink Taxi Service” featuring electric cars for the facility of female citizens of the province.
Sindh Minister for Information and Transport Sharjeel Inam Memon on Thursday announced that Government to launch Pink Electric Taxi service for the female citizens.
The announcement was made during a meeting in Karachi, which was also attended by Sindh Transport Secretary Salim Rajput and other officials.
The minister said that initially, 200 electricity-powered taxis will start operating in Karachi, of which fifty will be women-only taxis driven by female drivers. He said that the hiring of female drivers and set-up of charging and parking depots was yet to be done.
“The electric taxi service will provide affordable travel facilities to people,” Memon said.
He said that the project will also provide job opportunity to the unemployed youth, while eco-friendly taxis will save oil worth billions of rupees.
The information minister further stated that the Sindh government had decided to 500 new buses in the next fiscal year, to be operated under Peoples Bus Service for the convenience of the people.
He also gave directives to the authorities concerned to start new route of bus service from Hattri to Khesana Mori in Hyderabad.
He said that the trials for the new rout will kick off within next three days.
“People living in rural areas will get affordable travel facilities with the launch of new route,” he said.
The minister then issued the directives to bring all buses present in the backup on Karachi’s roads for the convenience of citizens. He said that government will receive 20 new buses by 15th June.
Pakistan’s First Electric Bus
Earlier this year in month of February Sindh Information and Transport Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon launched Pakistan’s first electric bus service in Karachi.
While Talking to the media after inaugurating the bus service, Sharjeeel Memon said environment-friendly Peoples Electric Bus service will start from Tank Chowk Malir Cantt to Clock Tower Roundabout, Sea View Defence using Khayaban e Ittihad,” he said, adding that airport passengers can also avail this service.
“The fares for these buses have been set at Rs50,” he said, adding that electric buses have more than 30 seats including designated seats for differently-abled persons.
He said that the in first phases 10 eco-friendly electric vehicles will ply route one from Airport to Clock Tower. Information and Transport Minister Sharjeel Memon said that a solar system was also installed for the charging of the buses.
Each bus will complete a journey of 240 kilometers after one-time charging, he added.
Remember that In November last year, Transport Minister Sharjeel Memon announced that the transport department of the Sindh government will start a new bus service in Karachi.