To provide ease and affordable transport along with safety and security reassurance to women in Karachi, Sindh Transport Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon has announced to launch blue and pink-coloured taxis.
While talking to the media, the minister shared that the pink taxis will be driven by women for women and cameras will also be installed in the vehicle for safety purposes. Moreover, this decision has been proposed by FM Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
“The government is going to start the electrical vehicle (EV) taxi services in Karachi. We have principally agreed to start this taxi service under the Sindh Mass Transit Authority,” adding that pink tax service for women will be launched in the first phase.
“We will start with the pink taxi service, which would only be for women passengers in Karachi. The drivers of the pink taxis will also be women,”
The minister added that the electric taxi services would be safer, more affordable, and more comfortable for the citizens of the metropolis as compared to regular taxi and ride-hailing services. Given the rising inflation and hike in gas prices, women will be able to commute in a pocket-friendly manner without having to worry about their surroundings.
Back in October, a women-only free-of-cost bus service had been launched in Gilgit-Baltistan. The pink bus service, inaugurated by Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Chief Minister Khalid Khursheed, is operating on four key routes in Gilgit and Skardu between 6:00 am to 9:00 am and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
This news was announced on the official Twitter handle of Cheif Security, who tweeted:
“Great news for our daughters, sisters and mothers of Gilgit Baltistan. InshaAllah soon we will be starting a free-of-cost women-only bus service in Gilgit and Skardu during the peak hours on high rush routes. Now you can travel in a safe and comfortable environment and go freely to your schools, universities, colleges, hospitals, clinics and markets. Another landmark event by the Government of GB for the public. Starting first in Gilgit city and Skardu City.”
Social media users have applauded this initiative saying that not only will it help women with transport costs in such thought times but will also encourage and empower them to go to school, offices, clinics, hospitals, markets, and travel for business purposes.
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