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Electric Buses Debut in Islamabad: 10 Arrive Today with 20 More Coming Tomorrow

Electric Buses

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has announced the arrival of the first batch of electric buses in Islamabad, marking a significant step towards sustainable urban transportation. Ten buses are set to arrive today, followed by twenty more within the next 24 hours.

“A fleet of 30 buses will reach Islamabad in two days: on Tuesday and Wednesday,” said a CDA officer. These buses will operate from the Convention Centre on two routes: from G-11 Nust station to Pims, covering G-10, G-9, and G-8, and from Pims to Quaid-i-Azam University, covering G-7, G-6, National Library, and Bari Imam. The service will run daily from 6 am to 10 pm.

Additionally, 70 more buses will soon arrive in Karachi for customs clearance before being transported to Islamabad, with another 60 buses to follow later.

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The CDA has set up a temporary depot with six electric chargers at the Convention Centre to operate the 30 buses. However, the agency is still in the process of establishing permanent depots. Despite opening technical and financial bids in February, the contract for building these depots has not yet been awarded due to higher-than-expected costs. The CDA may consider a fresh tendering process.

CDA Chairman Muhammad Ali Randhawa announced that a subsidy strategy would be developed to support deserving segments of society, including persons with disabilities and students. He also chaired a meeting on Monday to discuss the upcoming arrival and operation of the buses.

The CDA acquired 160 buses through a contract with the National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC), which will operate the buses. The CDA will pay the NRTC Rs. 306 to Rs. 331 per kilometer. This initiative follows directives from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to expand bus services in Islamabad, including the previously inaugurated Orange, Green, and Blue Line metro services.

The introduction of these electric buses is expected to greatly enhance connectivity across rural and urban areas, covering almost all sectors of Islamabad.