Elec­tric buses in Putrajaya

> Ser­vice to be avail­able by sec­ond quar­ter of next year

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ADRIAN PHUNG

PUTRAJAYA: In a move to re­duce pol­lu­tion here, elec­tric buses will be put into ser­vice by the sec­ond quar­ter of 2018.

GETS Global Ber­had man­ag­ing direc­tor Datuk Che Az­izud­din Che Is­mail said his com­pany plans to add some 150 new elec­tric buses to its bus fleet in stages to re­place the use of NGV buses in Putrajaya.

Che Az­izud­din ex­plained that adding 150 elec­tric buses is in line with its ef­forts to re­duce car­bon emis­sions, noise pol­lu­tion and road con­ges­tion in the fed­eral ad­min­is­tra­tive cap­i­tal.

“Such a move would greatly im­prove Putrajaya’s pub­lic trans­port ser­vice as well as re­al­is­ing the vi­sion of mak­ing Putrajaya a green liv­ing city by 2025.

“For starters, we will have the first batch of five elec­tric buses oper­a­tional by the sec­ond quar­ter of next year after which we will con­tinue to have more of it each year,” he said after a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) sign­ing cer­e­mony be­tween GETS Global and Putrajaya Leisures & Ser­vices Group Sdn Bhd (PULSE Group) yes­ter­day.

The signed MoU al­lows GETS Global to of­fi­cially take over the shares of PULSE Group’s sub­sidiary com­pany, Pen­gangku­tan Awam Putrajaya Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd, which op­er­ates Nadi Pu­tra buses.

On the fare struc­ture, Che Az­izud­din said they have yet to de­ter­mine the amount but they are look­ing at pro­vid­ing it for free to the pub­lic if the oper­a­tional costs can be sub­sidised by the gov­ern­ment.

“The cur­rent trend in cities world­wide is to give free bus ser­vices to the pub­lic.

“If our oper­a­tional cost can be sub­sidised by other sources of rev­enue, we def­i­nitely would not mind pro­vid­ing the ser­vice for free,” he said, adding that it is al­ready a has­sle for them to col­lect the cur­rent Nadi Pu­tra bus fare of 50 sen from pas­sen­gers.

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