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Thursday May 13 2021
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APP

Chinese company to provide 100 energy buses for Karachi BRT networks

By
APP
GreenLine Bus Rapid Transit is a federal government project. Photo Courtesy: Radio Pakistan
  • Chinese auto giant Zhongtong has secured an order to provide 100 new energy buses for Karachi.
  • It is expected that after completion, Green Line BRT will facilitate over 300,000 passengers on a daily basis.
  • The mass transit project is expected to become operational this year.


A Chinese firm has secured an order to provide 100 new energy buses for Karachi’s Green Line and Orange Line transport networks.

As the first batch of new energy-powered city buses in the city, they will serve on the Green-color and Orange-color BRT routes after their arrival, providing greener, more intelligent, and more comfortable transportation services for the residents.

As the largest city in Pakistan, Karachi is also the economic hub in the country.

With its strategic location and fast-growing economy, the port city has been confronted with increasingly severe traffic congestions.

On Twitter, Federal Minister of Planning and Development Asad Umar informed about the completion of a prototype bus for Karachi’s Green Line Metrobus project.

It is currently being tested by the Chinese authorities for any mechanical and safety issues. Once the phase of the inspection is completed, a total of 80 buses will be shipped to Karachi and added to Green Line’s fleet. The mass transit project is expected to become operational this year.

A federal government project, Green Line BRT is the largest of all the other proposed metro bus routes in Karachi.

It is expected that after completion, it will facilitate over 300,000 passengers on a daily basis.

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Construction on the project started in January 2016 by the Karachi Infrastructural development Company (KIDC) and, nearly three years later, it is still underway.

Starting from Merewether Tower in the central part of the city, all the way up to Surjani Town in northern Karachi, the total length of Green Line BRT is 26 km.

According to the details, it will be connected with the other proposed routes of the Trans Karachi Breeze project at different points.

It may be mentioned here that so far, Zhongtong’s new energy public transportation solutions have been greatly welcomed in South Korea, Argentina, Germany, Chile, Paraguay, Hungary, etc.

In addition, over 70,000 units of Zhongtong new energy buses and coaches have been working smoothly across the globe, making a huge impact on the global drive on emission reductions.