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CDA to Deploy 30 E-Buses for New Routes in Islamabad

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 22, 2023. 09:27 pm UPDATED: Aug 22, 2023. 09:27 pm

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A fleet of 30 electric buses will be introduced by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) along a dozen new routes in Islamabad. An official predicted that the buses would arrive in the city within two months and blamed the delay on the LCs not opening.

According to him, the buses have already been built and only the AI work remains, which could take several weeks because the majority of the equipment would be imported from Turkey. These buses will then depart China for Pakistan.

After the final tranche between the civic Federal Government and the Chinese manufacturer is completed, 130 buses will be delivered, according to a CDA official.

Due to insufficient foreign exchange reserves, the central bank halted Letters of Credit (LCs), which caused the payment to be delayed. The report also stated that the funds would be transferred as soon as the LCs were opened.

These buses would run on 13 additional routes under the control of the CDA contractor and the National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC). According to the agreement, the CDA will pay NRTC Rs. 306-331 for each mile. The first routes consist of:

The service’s official launch date has not yet been disclosed.

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