Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will launch electric buses (green and blue line buses) on two routes in Islamabad to protect the environment and enhance public transportation facilities, news sources reported on July 1. The buses will start at Bhara Kahu (Attal Chowk) for the Green Line service, while passengers for the Blue Line service will start at PWD road.
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According to CDA officials, the existing two-lane Murree Road in the Bhara Kahu area is already congested, so it has been decided that the service will begin from Jillani Stop. Construction work on bus stations on both routes is currently underway and will be completed by August, but CDA plans to launch both bus services soon as nonstop express services (from Bhara Kahu to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and from Koral to PIMS). It was also stated that the buses would initially travel on the same routes as the diesel buses, but separate bus corridors will be developed in the future.
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Furthermore, to ensure the project’s long-term viability, the federal government has committed PKR 1.5 billion to run both services, with an additional PKR 10 billion projected to be invested in the coming years. In fiscal year (FY) 2022023, PKR 1 billion would be invested in the Rawat-Faizabad Metro bus project (Blue Line) and PKR 500 million in the Bhara Kahu Faizabad Metro (Green Lines). The initial funding will be used to purchase buses and build stations.