During his press conference in Karachi, Minister of Science & Technology Fawad Chaudhry stated that one of the major reasons for pollution in the city is the public transport that emits a near-lethal amount of harmful gases.
He vowed to make efforts towards having the city’s public transport be converted to fully electric buses to ensure an environmentally friendly mode of transportation.
He reminded the media that the Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST) is in an aggressive pursuit of making Islamabad the first city in Pakistan with all-electric means of public transportation within the next few years. Chaudhry stated in his address that the Federal Government shall soon initiate talks with the Provincial Government for the conversion of public transport to battery-powered buses.
The minister highlighted that the transport sector is responsible for 25% of the climatic shift around the globe and it is for that reason that the shift to an all-electric mode of transportation is absolutely imperative. In a recent development on that front, MoST signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Capital Development Authority (CDA), officially cementing their ambition to convert the entire region’s mode of transportation to electric buses.
Also just over a month ago, the minister mentioned in his social media post that Daewoo Pakistan Express Bus Service has formed an alliance with Skywell Automobile, a Chinese automaker, to introduce electric buses in Pakistan. He further stated after the signing ceremony between the two entities, the electric buses will start running on Pakistani roads this year.