CNG-based transport in five years

Good news for Karachiites. Finally a project which really has anything to do with benefiting general public which shows we still have few sensible heads in capital. Most of us complain about public transport but its time to commend. Took a long waiting but finally came. Summary :

500-600 CNG buses will hit Karachi roads early next financial year, followed by Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Rawalpindi-Islamabad.

The government will provide Rs5 billion to partially offset interest costs of loans companies may need from banks to put in place the required infrastructure and purchase buses.

Credit DAWN

10 Comments so far

  1. purple_Haze (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

    Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) may be a better alternative than petroleum or diesel. But it is still not sustainable. The government/private sector also needs to look into “Fuel Cell” technology and “E-Flex” fuels. E85 & E100 Ethanol must also be explored.

    Pakistan was one of the largest exporters of ethanol until EU cancelled our contract on Indian advice. (That is my personal opinion) But we must regain our leadership in Ethanol production with improved quality. Currently Brazil is the largest producer. We are one of the fastest developing nation in the world, we will need much more energy in near future. We must explore alternative energy resources and increase the urgencies.


  2. Ahmad (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 10:42 pm

    The promise of thousands of CNG buses has been made in past by different government but never materialized. Perhaps the transport mafia is more powerful than al-qaida whom our government can dismantle. A transport system with schedules will remain a dream as long as government and bureaucracy have utmost corrupt persons and you know there are not going anywhere so continue dreaming!


  3. MB (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 12:10 am

    ” We are one of the fastest developing nation in the world ”

    O Wow, when did that happen ?
    Great surprise


  4. kidal (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 4:26 am

    MB, actually we do have one of the fastest growing economies in the world. At least that is whats the 6.5% real growth rate (2006) suggests. Its not in the top 10 but its not too far below.


  5. fAr stAr (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 10:31 am

    Government launched E10 gasoline pilot project in Sep 06. i never heard anything abt it after that. it was a six months pilot project and PSO was supposed to evaluate the performance of the vehicles using it, customer response and feedback. what happened to it? any updates?


  6. Hasan Zuberi (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

    …. I still miss those big, spacious, air-conditioned, clean, Green bus which was on our roads for some time … in various Green shades and then disappeared.

    Guess it was also the CNG bus scheme under the mass-transport program of our local government.


  7. Tamed~. (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

    Do any one have a clue how long the CNG reserves in Pakistan will last for?

    I have heard that probably next 10-15 years.


  8. MB (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

    I have heard the same but are you planning to leave then?
    lolz, kidding


  9. Tamed~. (unregistered) on March 4th, 2007 @ 3:37 am

    @ MB:

    There could be thousand other reasons to leave,
    but can we??

    Lolz, not kidding.


  10. zeeshan (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

    18 years and no more CNG :d



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