Provincial Minister for Information, Transport and Mass Transit Sharjeel Inam Memon along with Provincial Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and Labor Minister Saeed Ghani on Friday inaugurated Pakistan’s first EV People’s Bus Service in Karachi. Member Sindh Assembly Ghanwar Isran, Secretary Transport Abdul Haleem Shaikh, MD Sindh Mass Transit Authority Zubair Chana, Project Directir NRTC Sohaib Shafiq and others were also present on this occasion.
The provincial ministers reviewed the facilities in the EV People’s Bus Service and also traveled in the bus. Provincial Information Minister Sindh Sharjeel Inam Memon while talking to the media said that Pakistan’s first electric bus service is being started today from Karachi, these are environment friendly buses, which will run on electric charge. Capable of covering a distance of 240 km from a single charge.
These European standard buses will not spread any kind of pollution. He said that along with the elimination of pollution in city, we are trying to provide the best travel facilities to the citizens at the minimum fare. He said that the bus service is being started from Tank Chowk Jinnah Avenue to Airport, Shahrah-e- Faisal, FTC building, Korangi Road, Khayaban-i Ittihad to Clock Tower Seaview.He said that passengers traveling to airport had no such bus facility in Karachi. He said that citizens use private vehicles or cab services which charge them a fare of up to Rs.1500. But in the EV bus service, citizens can now travel to the airport for just Rs 50.
He said that the Sindh government is grateful for the cooperation of the Civil Aviation Authority, which allowed the bus service to enter the airport premises. Sharjeel Inam Memon said that providing best public transport facility to citizens across the province is top priority of Sindh government of Pakistan People’s Party.
He said that Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has given instructions to all the members of the Sindh Cabinet to provide maximum facilities to the people and former President Asif Ali Zardari also takes special interest in resolving the issues of public . He said that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah is the captain of our entire team.It is not possible to start any project without his support. Sindh Cabinet members enjoy the full support of Sindh Chief Minister who takes ownership of all development projects. Sharjeel Inam Memon said that the Sindh government is focusing to complete mega development projects of Karachi on top priority, as it is the economic hub of Pakistan.
He said that work is underway in Karachi on projects worth billions of rupees under the Department of Local Government, Works and Services and other departments.The minister said that Sindh Solid Waste Management is successfully running it’s operations in 7 districts of the city. The infrastructure of the city is being improved rapidly. He said that health facilities in Karachi are the best among all provinces.
He said that no government or party had given a single mega project to Karachi before this. It’s credit goes to the Sindh government and leadership of Pakistan People’s Party. He said that citizens should take care of the first electric bus service of Pakistan, it is the public property and Sindh government is bringing more such projects.
He said that they have to work together to resolve the city’s traffic, environmental pollution and other problems. He said that people think that Pakistan People’s Party is a party that does rely on mere slogans but do practical work to facilitate the people.