Karachi University to launch electric shuttle service

KARACHI: The University of Karachi has announced to launch an on-campus custom-built electric shuttle service.

In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with NTS Logistics to provide six 23-seater roofless commuting vans which would increase in the passage of time.

A statement issued by the university stated the minimum fare would be set for the transportation and all students, faculty and administrative staff would be able to avail the service throughout the day.

According to the MoU, the presence of an electric shuttle service would be ensured at all entrances and the university would provide space for the electric charging units and parking of the vehicles.

The MoU was inked by the KU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi and the Chief Executive Officer NTS Logistics Muhammad Umer Nouman at the VC Secretariat.

Earlier Sindh Transport Minister Syed Owais Shah inaugurated Pakistan’s first electric bus in Karachi. In the beginning, the 37 electric buses will operate on the route connecting Tower to Sohrab Goth.

Speaking to the media after the launching ceremony, he said as many as 100 electric buses will hit the road by the end of this year in collaboration with the private sector.

Furthermore, the Sindh government on Wednesday announced to purchase eco-friendly 250 biogas buses for Karachi’s Red Line BRT project.

This was announced by Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah. The meeting decided to issue a tender for 250 biogas buses for Red Line BRT project, whose construction will start next month. The biogas plant for BRT buses would be constructed in Landhi’s cattle colony.