Mozambican government to acquire 200 buses to boost public transport system

30 September 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 30 Sept – The Mozambican government plans to buy 200 buses in order to minimise the effects of the passenger transport crisis in the cities of Maputo and Matola, the national director for Surface Transport said Wednesday in Maputo.

Pedro Murreriua also announced that of that total, 150 buses would be gas-powered and 50 would be powered by liquid fuel. The buses will be purchased in phases from countries such as Japan and South Korea using funds provided by the Fund for Development of Transport and Communications set up this year by the country’s Council of Ministers.

In order to ensure the operation and maintenance of the gas-powered buses, he said, the government planned to store spare parts and train the technical staff that will carry out maintenance on the vehicles.

According to Mozambican state daily newspaper, Notícias, Murreriua also said that the Ministry for Transport and communications was working with fuel companies Petromoc e Auto-gás to set up fueling stations to supply gas to the buses as currently there are only two in operation, one in Maputo and another in Matola. (macauhub)