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Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti inaugurated the pilot operation of Mowasalat’s (Karwa) electric bus charging station on Tuesday.
The inauguration followed the arrival of the first batch of eco-friendly and quiet buses, which will be used by Mowasalat within its transport system.
The launch complements the electric vehicles strategy prepared by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), in collaboration with the concerned authorities, which aims to support the state’s progress towards a green future.
“The test operation of the Mowasalat electric bus charging station represents an important step on implementing the Electric Vehicle Strategy the MoTC had developed in cooperation with the bodies concerned, and which is a key part of Qatar’s public transportation plan 2030,” the minister said.
The launch, he added, coincides with the arrival in Doha of the first batch of electric buses that will be serving the public transit plans for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, thus supporting the hosting of an exceptional, eco-friendly, carbon-neutral championship.
The minister said the Public Bus Infrastructure Programme that MoTC is currently developing in cooperation with Public Works Authority (Ashghal) is making significant strides in relation to bus warehouses and stations, in addition to finalising the construction works of the park and ride parking spaces, of which two have been inaugurated in Al-Qassar and Al Wakra.
The other two, in Lusail and Education City, are to open for public soon.
That programme, he noted, aims to achieve integration with public transit systems countrywide and support transportation operations during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and beyond, let alone increasing public transit ridership over the few coming years by offering high-quality service and facilities with world’s best technologies and specifications that represent the identity of public transit sector of Qatar.
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