The Government of Sindh is planning to launch a modern, affordable, and environment-friendly electric taxi (e-taxi) service in Karachi, which would soon be extended to other major cities in the province, the Sindh Minister for Information, Transport, and Mass Transit, Sharjeel Inam Memon, made the announcement while talking to media persons after inspecting the construction of the Bus Rapid Transport Red Line Project, which was launched in collaboration witht he Asian Development Bank.
According to the minister, the negotiations are already underway on the launch of electric taxi (e-taxi) service in Karachi and the provincial government was working to finalize the project. “The existing online taxi services in city were charging very high fares.” the minister stated, adding that the provincial government was endeavoring to provide an affordable solution to the citizen.
He added that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership has directed to expedite work on all ongoing projects related to public transportation in Karachi to address the long-standing commute issue in the metropolis. He said that public transport project worth billions have been launched by the government and the Sindh Mass Transit Authority (SMTA) was working day and night to increase the number of buses in the city and to improve the transport infrastructure.
Talking about other in-progress transport projects, he said that Sindh was the first province to start an electric bus service in the country as well. It is pertinent to mention that Karachi Transportation Department had done a test drive of its all-new battery-powered passenger buses on the city roads earlier this month.