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Sharjah to have AC bus shelters.

Summary: 28 solar-powered shelters to be built in phase one

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Sharjah: Sharjah is to have solar-powered air-conditioned bus shelters soon, the Sharjah Urban Planning Council (SUPC) announced on Sunday.

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has approved the first phase of the project to build bus shelters in the emirate.

Out of the 172 designated bus stops in the city, the first phase will see the development of 28 bus shelters.

The project is being carried out following a six-month-long study by Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority (SRTA). The study identified the most crowded areas frequented by public transport users and covers 176,000 passengers.

The shelters will be equipped with air-conditioning as other necessary amenities such as an electronic bulletin board that displays all information related to bus service timetables and routes.

Being developed by SUPC, in collaboration with SRTA and Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa), work on the bus stops will begin shortly.

Announcing the project Shaikh Khalid Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, chairman of SUPC, said: "SUPC is constantly striving to design plans and strategies in support of projects that provide the best services to the public in the emirate of Sharjah. These efforts help improve the welfare of the existing residents and that of future generations. We aim to establish sustainable infrastructure that boosts the appeal of the emirate as a desirable place to live in, one that provides facilities in accordance with the highest international standards."

Khalid Mohammad Al Ali, secretary-general of SUPC, said that the shelters will have a simple yet highly functional design and structure.

"Each shelter was designed taking into account the needs and capacity of each location. All shelters will be provided with solar energy panels for electricity production in compliance with the sustainability standards that SUPC is committed to upholding in all its current projects in the emirate of Sharjah," said Al Ali.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Geographic Code:7UNIT
Date:Aug 21, 2016
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