Tuesday, July 28, 2009

CNG buses pilot project gets going

The CNG buses pilot project, worth Rs 250 million, was launched on Monday.Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan and City Nazim Mustafa Kamal inaugurated the project in Sarjani Town.

There would be 50 CNG buses covering two routes initially. Two different manufacturers, each providing 25 buses, have made these CNG buses locally. The CDGK has already paid the full cost for the buses.

The purpose of putting CNG buses on the roads is to ensure that the citizens were provided with an urbanised transport system and in this regard, the CDGK has already started operating an e-ticketing facility, as these buses will not have conductors. The passengers will be able to buy travelling coupons from e-ticket booths established at different locations on the prescribed routes.

Talking to the media on the inauguration ceremony, the governor said that Kamal has proved that he is a true leader who has served the citizens with great fervour and spirit. Today, he has achieved one more of his goals by providing citizens with CNG buses.

In his address, Kamal appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to help stop bureaucracy, at the federal and provincial levels, from creating impediments in the city’s development projects.

It is pertinent to mention that the federal government had announced a countrywide plan for putting CNG buses on the roads, with a total cost of Rs 2.5 billion for 8,000 buses (5,000 large CNG busses and 3,000 small CNG buses), out of which 800 were set aside for Karachi but initially only 500 were supposed to run in the city. However, the project could not start, following which the city nazim drew a plan for running CNG buses in Karachi under a self-reliance programme.

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