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17.01.2022

Electric taxis have appeared in Dushanbe

Electric taxis have appeared in Dushanbe

Electric taxis have appeared on the roads of Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The vehicles were purchased at the initiative of the mayor's office as part of the Green City programme.
 
Correspondent of MIR TV-channel have interviewed Bakhriddin Norov, a taxi driver who considers himself a true environmental activist. He regularly participates in clean-up days, and now he has decided to replace his car with an electric one. It is a few thousand dollars more expensive, but he expects the car will pay for itself in a year.
 
"I charge it at home with a regular 220 volt charger. I work during the day, then charge it in the evening for five to seven hours and continue working in the morning. I encourage my colleagues to switch over to such electric cars so that they can both earn more and take care of the environment," said Bahriddin Norov.
 
Every year there are more and more cars on the capital's roads. The exhaust pollutes the air, while electric cars have no emissions. That is why the Dushanbe mayor's office decided to actively promote the idea of eco-vehicles. Electric buses have been bought and put into operation in the city since last year. For now, though, they are in test mode. But if residents like them and if the eco-efficiency is evident, the Dushanbe bus plant will be ready to build such vehicles. "These new buses are a big concern for the environment. Especially in recent years fuel has become more expensive, so it is a really convenient alternative", said Nasiba Kamoliddinova, a resident of Dushanbe.
 
Authorities have decided to turn Dushanbe into a garden city, comfortable both for visitors and residents. The Green City environmental programme also includes city greening. Eco-activists together with municipal workers are holding clean-up days to collect rubbish and plant trees.
 
"When we organised the tree planting in Dushanbe, we planted about 2,300 trees, and this spring we saw how representatives of the Hukumat and various government agencies also participated in the mass tree planting. Things are getting better and better here," said environmental activist Amir Isayev.




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