In a historic moment for the nation’s transport industry, Sindh Transport Minister Syed Owais Shah launched Pakistan’s first electric bus in Karachi today.
Speaking to the media after the launching ceremony, he said more electric buses will be brought to the city’s roads in cooperation with the private sector. As many as 100 electric buses will hit the road by the end of this year, he announced.
The minister also took to Twitter to inform the masses of the development, adding that 100 electric buses could be expected to be added in the coming months.
“Inaugrated the first electric bus for Karachi,” he tweetd. “We will be adding a fleet of 100 electric buses for Karachi in near future. InshAllah!!”
Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter to congratulate the Sindh government, especially Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and his ministry, on their “remarkable step to add electric bus in Karachi Commuters system”.
He said his ministry fully supports the Sindh government in this “futuristic approach” and expressed the hope that the Punjab and KP governments will also take the same route as soon as possible.
“Want to congratulate Sindh Govt specially @MuradAliShahPPP and ministry of transport on their remarkable step to add electric bus in Karachi Commuters system, @MinistryofST is fully behind Sind Govt in this futuristic approach hope Punjab and KP ll also take same route ASAP,” Chaudhry tweeted.
Last year in December, the federal cabinet had approved Pakistan’s first Electric Vehicle Policy. The Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy and the Mobile Manufacturing Policy were endorsed by the federal cabinet following their approval by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on December 16.