Islamabad to Introduce Electric Bus Service on 13 Routes
Islamabad is revolutionizing its public transportation system with the introduction of a state-of-the-art electric bus service. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials, in a meeting under the leadership of Chairman Anwarul Haq, disclosed that 30 electric buses from China are set to arrive next month, marking the beginning of a transformative initiative.
The ambitious plan involves the import of a total of 160 electric buses from China. The initial phase, consisting of 30 buses, is scheduled to reach Pakistan in January, with the remaining buses anticipated to follow in February and March. Chairman CDA, emphasizing the importance of timely execution, directed the officials to ensure the smooth arrival of the entire fleet.
Upon the arrival of the first batch, the bus service is expected to be officially inaugurated, promising enhanced connectivity across the federal capital. These electric buses are slated to operate on 13 routes, catering to the diverse transportation needs of Islamabad's residents.
In tandem with the bus service launch, the CDA is embarking on the construction of the main bus depot at Zero Point, situated along Srinagar Highway towards the H-8 side. This construction endeavor, projected to span six months, aims to provide a robust foundation for the efficient operation of the electric buses.
Not stopping there, the civic authority has outlined plans for the construction of three additional bus depots. The decision to carry out the depot construction under the guidelines of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) reflects a commitment to adherence and timely completion.
The National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) has been entrusted with the responsibility of operating the electric buses on the designated 13 routes. In a financial arrangement, the NRTC is set to receive compensation ranging from Rs. 306 to Rs. 331 per kilometer from the CDA.
The detailed routes cover key areas of the city, ensuring comprehensive coverage and accessibility. Some of the prominent routes include Police Foundation/Orange Line Station to Red Line Faiz Ahmed Faiz Station in I-8, Allama Iqbal Station to Red Line Potohar Station, and D-12 to G-10.
This innovative step towards sustainable and modern public transportation traces back to the directives of former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. During his tenure, he spearheaded the inauguration of the Orange Line, Green Line, and Blue Line metro bus services, solidifying his commitment to enhancing urban mobility.