Sharjah to build 172 solar-powered bus shelters
Sharjah UPC has announced plans to develop 172 solar-powered bus shelters in a bid to improve service and convenience for the emirate’s public transport users
Sharjah Urban Planning Council (SUPC) has announced plans to build 172 solar-powered bus shelters.
Phase 1 of the programme, which will involve the construction of 28 shelters, has been approved by HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah.
SUPC will carry out the project in conjunction with governmental bodies such as Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority (SRTA) and Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), according to UAE state news agency, WAM.
Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, chairman of the SUPC, said: “These efforts help improve the welfare of the existing residents and that of future generations.
“We aim to establish a complete and 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 Mohammed Al Ali, secretary-general of SUPC, added that the project would not only improve the efficiency of the Sharjah’s bus services, but also encourage members of the community to use public transport.
The shelters will feature air conditioning and electronic bulletin boards that display bus timetables and routes, according to Al Ali.
“The design features a simple yet highly functional, efficient, and flexible structure,” he explained. “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 collaboration with SEWA, and also in compliance with the sustainability standards that SUPC is committed to upholding in all its current projects in the emirate of Sharjah,” Al Ali concluded.
The initial bus stop locations for Phase 1 of the programme were selected following a six-month SRTA-approved study, which identified the areas most frequented by public transport users.
The shelters covered 176,000 passengers at the time of the study.