Sindh decided to introduce eco-friendly electric taxis: Memon

F.P. Report

Karachi: The government of Sindh has decided to introduce eco-friendly electric taxis running on electricity throughout the province. In a high-level important meeting, presided over by the Minister of Information, Transport and Mass Transit Sharjeel Inam Memon, has been decided that 500 new buses worth 25 billion rupees will be purchased and added to People’s Bus Service to provide more travel facilities to the people during the next financial year.

Secretary Transport Saleem Rajpoot, CEO Trans Karachi Tufail Palijo, Project Director Yellow Line Ameer Owaisi, General Manager Red Line Pir Sajjad, and Project Director PSB Sohaib were also present and actively participated in the meeting. During the meeting, Transport Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon instructed the initiation of a new route for the People’s Bus Service, connecting Hattri to Khesana Mori in Hyderabad. He specifically emphasized that the trial of this new route should commence within three days.

Provincial Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said that the introduction of the new route would provide affordable and comfortable travel facilities for residents in both urban and rural areas.

The Minister of Transport, while issuing instructions to bring all the buses of the People’s Bus Service onto the roads of Karachi, emphasized the need to activate the buses that were in backup as well. This directive was given with the aim of ensuring maximum convenience for the people.

He further announced that an additional 20 buses will be provided to the Sindh government by June 15, and these buses will also be incorporated into the People’s Bus Service to further enhance travel facilities for the public.

Sharjeel Inam Memon issued clear instructions to eliminate any instances of overlapping buses, ensuring that all buses belonging to the People’s Bus Service should be operational on the roads. He emphasized that the buses should actively operate in each and every street of city to facilitate the public.

Transport Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon promptly issued planning and implementation instructions to establish connectivity between the Orange Lion, Green Line, and Red Lion buses.

He announced that the government plans to purchase 500 buses in the upcoming financial year, and he instructed the Ministry of Transport to prepare a proposal for this purpose. He revealed plans to operate 200 electric taxis in Karachi, with 50 pink taxis specifically reserved for women passengers. These initiatives aim to enhance public transportation and provide dedicated services for women commuters.

Sharjeel Inam Memon stated that female drivers will be recruited specifically for the pink taxis designated for women passengers. He emphasized that the introduction of electric taxis will enable affordable travel facilities for the general public. These measures aim to prioritize women’s safety and provide cost-effective transportation options for the community.

Sharjeel Inam Memon highlighted that the electric taxi service initiated under the SMTA (Sindh Mass Transit Authority) will create employment opportunities for unemployed youth, operating environmentally friendly taxis will result in substantial savings in oil expenditures, benefiting environment, the public and the government. This initiative serves as a win-win situation, promoting sustainable transportation and economic advantages for all stakeholders involved.

He also mentioned that charging stations and parking depots for electric taxis will be constructed at various locations throughout the city.

During the meeting, Secretary Transport Saleem Rajput put forward a proposal to operate the People’s Bus service twice, specifically catering to the convenience of teachers and students at GC University Hyderabad. In response, Transport Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon instructed the relevant authorities to plan and organize the necessary arrangements to implement this proposal effectively.