50 electric buses to be seen on Karachi roads in two weeks, says Sharjeel.

KARACHI -- The people of Karachi would soon witness some 50 Europe-manufactured electric buses on city roads in less than two weeks after the provincial government conducted the test drive of first batch of the buses in the metropolis on Monday.

The test drive, from Clifton Block-5 to Seaview, was witnessed by Minister of Information and Transport and Mass Transit Sharjeel Inam Memon, Minister for Labour Saeed Ghani, Adviser to Chief Minister for Prisons Ejaz Khan Jakhrani, Administrator Barrister Murtaza Wahab and senior officials who took a ride in the E-bus.

Talking to reporters, Mr Memon said the routes of the buses were not decided yet, but it would be finalised in next 10 days to formally launch the service.

'These buses will be at public service in next 10 days after the completion of its test drive,' he said.

'These are European buses so there's a suggestion to fix routes of those roads which usually have lesser traffic congestion. The survey on routes is simultaneously under way and soon they will be decided. But let me congratulate the people of Karachi. This city is lucky that the test drive of first ever environment friendly electric buses service is launched here,' he said.

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He admitted the public transport faced huge challenges and it's not Karachi alone, but it remained a gigantic task across Pakistan amid growing population and cost of travelling.

The Sindh government, he said, was making every possible effort to solve the issue across the province and provide modern and comfortable commuting facilities to the people.

'That's the reason that our [transport] department is taking full ownership of all public transport projects,' said Mr Memon.

'It is our priority to complete all public transport projects in Karachi and other...

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