ISLAMABAD: To improve public transport system, the government approved Private-Public Partnership Environment Friendly Public Transport system for major urban centres of Pakistan with a total cost of Rs 5 billion, sources told Daily Times here on Saturday.

To facilitate the commuters of Karachi, 4,000 CNG buses will be operated in the city by 2012 under the public-private partnership project. This was informed at a meeting of high officials presided over by Sindh Chief Secretary Fazalur Rehman at his office on Thursday. The CNG buses project would directly provide jobs to 20,000 people and indirectly to thousands of others.

The supervisory committee of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto CNG Buses Project which met here on Thursday in the Sindh chief secretary

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NEW DELHI: Tata Motors has undertaken an exhaustive check-up of all its low-floor high-capacity CNG buses supplied to Delhi Transport Corporation so far. The process will be completed by this month-end . The move comes in the wake of a series of fire accidents in these new buses raising passenger safety concerns.

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Ahmedabad: After a series of incidents where swanky Tata buses being used by Delhi Transport Corporation were either catching fire or developing snags, Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited (AJL) has engaged an expert to give detailed report on them. The report to be submitted within a week and would examine the lowfloored buses that run on CNG in the national capital.

With a large number of Indian cities embarking on natural gas vehicle programme it is essential that the elements of these programmes are well defined for maximum environmental and public health gains. It is important that the lessons are drawn from the well established programmes in the region to chart the future course.

Following a Delhi government directive for a complete check of low-floor buses supplied by Tata Motors, nearly 350 low- floor buses were checked at 10 depots over the last four days.

Anticipating less rush over the last four days due to public holidays, the Delhi Transport Corporation had taken the buses off the roads and sent them to the depots allotted to Tata Motors for a thorough check.

Even after the third consecutive day of the thorough check up of the low floor buses on Monday, the manufacturer Tata Motors is yet to identify the actual cause of the fire. The maintenance staff are conducting bumper to bumper check of the buses at all 10 low floor bus operating depots in the Capital, as the technical fault is yet to be detected.

New Delhi: This blaze is certainly spiralling out of control now. Fire was reported in yet another DTC low-floor bus in Vivek Vihar area of east Delhi on Thursday. In less than a month, this is the ninth bus of the newly-acquired fleet to have caught fire.