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Mohsin Naqvi Bans Petrol Bike Purchases in Islamabad

Jawad  05 Jul 2024   165
Mohsin Naqvi Bans Petrol Bike Purchases in Islamabad

Mohsin Naqvi Bans Petrol Bike Purchases in Islamabad

Federal Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi has implemented a ban on the purchase of petrol bikes in Islamabad, a decision reached during a Capital Development Authority (CDA) meeting focused on city development projects.

The move aims to elevate Islamabad to a global standard, emphasizing environmental concerns by promoting electric vehicles. Only electric motorcycles will be permitted for private purchase, while eco-friendly electric buses will be introduced for public transport, as per media reports.

In a statement, the Federal Ministry of Information and Broadcasting highlighted Minister Naqvi's directive to the CDA to exclusively procure electric bikes in the future. This initiative aims to curb environmental pollution and enhance sustainability in the capital.

Challenges and Considerations
The decision has sparked debate due to practical considerations. While electric bike manufacturers like Yadea, Metro, and EVEE are entering Pakistan, these vehicles remain costly for the average citizen. Although electric bikes offer long-term savings, their market and second-hand availability are limited compared to petrol counterparts.

Petrol bikes, such as Honda CD70 and United models, boast extensive options, affordability in maintenance, and robust resale value. Conversely, Pakistan lacks adequate infrastructure for electric bikes, faces higher costs for parts, and struggles with lower resale values. Thus, the ban has surprised many, given these disparities.

Public Opinion and Reaction
What are your thoughts on Islamabad's ban on petrol bike purchases? Share your views on this contentious decision in the comments section below. The move reflects a growing global trend towards electric mobility but raises concerns over accessibility and practicality in a Pakistani context.

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