On the request of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), the National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) has started producing electric buses.
According to sources within CDA, NRTC has informed CDA that bus production has begun. The first batch of 30 electric buses will be delivered by NRTC the following month.
After the initial shipment of electric buses from NRTC comes, the drivers will receive training, according to CDA officials. These buses will be on the roads of Islamabad in the first week of June after two weeks of driver training. These electric buses will connect IJP and Taramri with the Central Metro Bus System in the first phase on two routes.
In Islamabad, feeder buses will run on 13 routes, according to CDA officials. Around 100,000 passengers will have access to first-rate travel amenities on board these buses. The second and third batches, each consisting of 70 buses, will be delivered to CDA by NRTC in June and July, respectively.
During the tenure of the previous chairman Captain (Retd) Usman, CDA had published a tender for 200 electric buses for 13 routes; however, the authority decided to reissue the tender due to interest from only two businesses.
The civic organisation cancelled the bids and chose to invite new ones before deciding to purchase buses from NRTC. However, it was decided after numerous meetings that NRTC would supply 200 electric buses to travel the additional routes.