30 new electric buses to hit Islamabad roads from January

Public Transport

ISLAMABAD: Thirty new electric buses will start to commute on the roads of the capital city from January on 13 new routes.

Capital Development Authority (CDA) has ordered 160 electric buses from China out of which 30 will come in January while the other two fleets in February and March.

The CDA will operate the 160 buses on 13 routes in the capital and its depot will be constructed at Zero Point along Srinagar Highway towards H-8 side. The planning wing of the CDA has already earmarked a piece of land for the depot.

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According to sources in future three more depots will be constructed, but the first one was being set up on priority. Once started, the construction work on the depot will be completed in six months.

The sources said the CDA had invited applications from the government-run construction firms.

The buses would be operated on 13 routes by the National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) – the contractor of the CDA which has placed orders for the 160 buses with an international firm that is manufacturing them in China.

As per the agreement, the CDA will pay the NRTC about Rs306 to Rs331 per kilometre to operate the buses.

The 13 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; Pims to Secretariat; D-12 to G-10; F-11 to Red Line F-8 Station; G-11 to Pims; Aabpara to Tramri Chowk; Nilor to Khanna Pul; Pirwadhai Chowk to Faizabad; B-17 to 26 Number Chungi, and I-16 to 26 Number.

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