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Prime Minister Jugnauth Launches Twenty New Semi-Low-Floor Buses For NTC

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The Prime Minister, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, proceeded with the launch of twenty semi-low-floor buses of the National Transport Corporation (NTC), to the tune of Rs 75 million, this evening at the Trianon Convention Center. The Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr. Alan Ganoo, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Mauritius, Mr. Liying Zhu, the General Manager of the NTC, Mr. Rao Ramah and other personalities were also present.

In his address, Prime Minister Jugnauth indicated that the 50-seater buses are environmentally friendly and consume less fuel. He underlined that the acquisition of new buses in the future will no doubt reduce pollution and the use of carbon in line with the Government’s engagement to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. He called on bus operators to renew their bus fleet in view to help the country uphold its engagement to reduce gas emissions.

Prime Minister Jugnauth welcomed the Ambassador Liying Zhu
Prime Minister Jugnauth welcomes Ambassador Liying Zhu

On the occasion, the Prime Minister saluted the contribution, devotion, and commitment of the staff of the NTC in providing efficient transport service to commuters. He underpinned that the use of electric buses will enable the NTC to be more ecological and transform the public transport system as well as pave the way for a modern, safer, and sustainable transport system.

The Prime Minister shed light on the impacts of COVID-19 on the economy while highlighting that Government has invested massively to support all sectors workers through the Wage Assistance Scheme and the Self-employed Assistance Scheme. The sectors are now bouncing back with the collaboration of the Government, private partners, and everyone, he pointed out.

Prime Minister Jugnauth further underlined that the NTC, as part of its fleet renewal plan, will replace some 200 buses, by shifting from conventional diesel-powered buses to electric vehicles. He recalled that the last budget made a provision of Rs 75 million for the acquisition of new buses by the NTC.

Rao Ramah and Liying Zhu
Rao Ramah and Liying Zhu

Speaking on the Metro Express, he reassured bus operators that the bus transport system will always play a pivotal role in the country’s transport system.

Prime Minister Jugnauth also indicated that Government is providing several measures for bus operators through the Industrial Finance Corporation Ltd and called on bus operators to benefit from the same to modernize their transport system.

For his part, Minister Ganoo stated that the NTC has taken another step to modernize the transport sector in Mauritius and provide better service to passengers. He lauded the staff and the NTC for the good work they are doing in the transport sector.

He underlined that the NTC plays an important role in improving the mobility of people around the island, through the provision of profitable as well as social routes of transport. The NTC is the largest bus company in Mauritius, with an operational fleet of some 500 buses and operating on 100 routes with manpower of 2,300 employees, he underscored.

new semi-low-floor buses
New semi-low-floor buses

He enumerated several measures being implemented to improve public transport services. They include the upgrading of NTC’s Electronic Ticketing Machine system; improvement of NTC’s mechanism for recording passenger complaints; and the fleet management system.

As for Mr. Ramah, he announced that the People’s Republic of China will donate to the NTC five new 50-seater electric buses. He expressed his gratitude to the People’s Republic of China as this will allow the NTC to test the operational capability and reliability of electric buses and to acquire knowledge on the driving skill requirement. He also expressed his thanks to the Government for allocating the finance to buy the new buses and for its continued support.

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