KARACHI - The CDGK will start 50 CNG bus services project on two different routs in the metropolis by the end of this month (July) as 25 CNG buses are ready for the service. The remaining 25 buses would be handed over to the authorities on by July 26, informed sources in Transport and Communication Department (TCD) told The Nation on Saturday. Sources said that 25 CNG buses were now in hands of the City Government and Surjani Bus Terminal in sector 5-D was all set start the operation. The terminal is equipped with all advanced facilities and has the capability to accommodate 100 CNG buses, sources said. The CDGK had planned to play these 50 CNG buses on two routs of the city. Giving details of the routes, the EDO, TCD Iftikhar Qaim Khani said that both routes have been designed on two important corridors. The first route would start from Surjani Town via North Nazimabad towards Liaqatabad, Gurumandir, M.A. Jinnah road and end at Tower. The second route would start from Surjani Town and via Rashid Minhas Road towards Shahra-e-Faisal and end at Korangi. The EDO, TCD mentioned that for the first time in the country, CDGK is going to introduce e-Ticketing system through these 50 CNG buses project, likely to be launched by the end of this month in July. The TCD of city government had inked an agreement with two private companies for hiring 50 CNG buses, 25 from each company. The assembling of these buses was conducted in the country and they are likely to be on the roads for general public by the end of July. The TCD had called tenders a few months back, on the directive of City Nazim Mustafa Kamal in this regard. Whereas, at least three companies had agreed to participate in the final bid. The sources added that finally the tender was given to Hino Pak and Daewoo Pak Motors and these companies were directed to bring the buses in 45 days. The CDGK had allocated Rs 225 millions to purchase these buses. To fill CNG into theses buses, at least three gas stations have been identified in Surjani Town, Gulshan-e-Maamar and at M.A. Jinnah Road. Iftikhar Khani added that prepaid card and e-ticketing system is being introduced in the CNG buses and a machine would be set up in the vehicle from where passengers would purchase tickets. Sources in the CDGK said that as the federal governments CNG buses project for Karachi city had not finalized yet, hence there was no hope that in near future, this scheme would be materialized. The city government has finally decided to introduce at least 50 CNG buses on its own resources. The EDO, TCD Iftikhar Kaim Khani further said that the department is ready to start the 50 CNG buses and the inauguration ceremony would be held in a befitting manner.