Ten­der floated for so­lar bus shel­ters

Times of Oman - - OMAN - Times News Ser­vice

MUSCAT: Na­tional bus op­er­a­tor Mwasalat wants to use the sun to power its air-con­di­tioned bus shel­ters.

The com­pany has in­vited pro­fes­sional firms to de­sign, sup­ply and in­stall so­lar power air-con­di­tioned bus shel­ters.

Mwasalat has floated a ten­der where the agree­ment will be for two years and it is manda­tory that the so­lar sys­tem gen­er­ate 100 per cent of the re­quired en­ergy.

The doc­u­ments for the ten­der will be avail­able un­til Oc­to­ber 2, 2017 for a non-re­fund­able fee of OMR25, while the fi­nal sub­mis­sion date is Oc­to­ber 12, ac­cord­ing to Mwasalat.

Mwasalat is plan­ning at least three to four air-con­di­tioned bus sta­tions in Muscat.

A five-year agree­ment worth OMR150,000 was signed re­cently be­tween Mwasalat and LuLu Hyper­mar­kets LLC for nam­ing rights for two new bus stops and one AC bus shel­ter in Muscat.

Mwasalat shall pro­vide the nam­ing rights for the two bus stops lo­cated at LuLu Hyper­mar- ket Dar­sait and LuLu Hyper­mar­ket Al Ban­der, in Mawaleh and the AC bus shel­ter next to Oman Av­enues Mall.

In De­cem­ber 2016, Mwasalat had signed a sim­i­lar agree­ment with Oman­tel to name two AC bus shel­ters—with the Oman­tel name—which fea­tured air-con­di­tion­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Mwasalat, the re­branded ver­sion of the Oman Na­tional Trans­port Com­pany, trans­ported more than 2 mil­lion peo­ple in the first half of 2017, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional op­er­a­tor.

Re­cently, the com­pany warned that res­i­dents should not use the air­con shel­ters as places of rest.

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