On Friday, the Sindh Assembly passed a law regarding legalization of the use of the electric buses in the province.
One such bus has already been operational on Karachi’s roads.
Moving the motor vehicle taxation amendment bill, Sindh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla, who also happens to be the excise and taxation minister, said that after the passage of the law, electric vehicles could be registered for taxation in the province.
“Sindh is the first province that has launched this project and is going to register the buses,” said Chawla. The provincial transport department had earlier, on March 30, 2020, inaugurated a project for electric buses under the public-private partnership model.
The first electric bus hit the roads the next day and a fleet of 100 such buses was announced in collaboration with the Sapphire Group.
The minimum fare for the buses has been fixed at Rs10 and the buses are to have 10 designated stops running between Sohrab Goth and Merewether Clock Tower and back. The buses, each with 37 seats, are to run this route six times a day.