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Sindh’s Pink Buses to Empower Women with Female Drivers at the Helm

In a significant step towards women’s empowerment and gender equality, Sindh’s Pink Buses are set to witness a transformative change. During the 10th board meeting of the Sindh Mass Transit Authority (SMTA) held in Karachi, Provincial Information and Transport Minister, Sharjeel Inam Memon, presided over the approval of crucial decisions.

One of the major proposals embraced during the meeting was the subsidization of the People’s Bus Service (PBS), subject to cabinet permission. To enhance safety and make these women-only pink buses more exclusive, the board took a progressive decision to initiate training programs for women drivers. This move is expected to not only empower women but also ensure safer travel for female passengers.

The board also took a strategic step by examining the feasibility studies for the second phase of the PBS project. This ambitious phase entails the addition of 500 buses to the fleet and the introduction of an eco-friendly electric taxi service. By expanding the PBS, authorities aim to alleviate travel issues for the public, making commuting more efficient and convenient.

Additionally, the SMTA board actively assessed the development of the Red Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The meeting witnessed the presence of key stakeholders, including Transport Secretary Saleem Rajput, SMTA Managing Director Kamal Dayo, DIG Traffic Ahmed Nawaz Cheema, and representatives from the planning and development department.

During the meeting, Minister Memon emphasized the commitment of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, towards empowering women across all sectors. He underscored that the inclusion of female bus drivers is a powerful testament to this commitment and will serve as a stepping stone towards advancing gender equality.

Moreover, Minister Memon highlighted that the second phase of the PBS holds great promise in addressing various travel challenges. The introduction of an eco-friendly electric taxi service is also expected to create job opportunities and contribute to environmental preservation.

The move to have female drivers operating Sindh’s Pink Buses not only marks a significant milestone in women’s rights but also signifies a major stride towards a more inclusive and progressive transportation system. The decision is bound to leave a lasting impact on women’s empowerment, fostering an environment where women are at the forefront, contributing to a safer and more accessible public transportation network.



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