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Pakistan to get 300 London taxicabs

The famous taxicabs equipped with satellite tracking systems will be introduced next month.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2006 18:04 IST

The world famous London taxicabs equipped with satellite tracking systems will be introduced next month in Pakistan's capital Islamabad and other major cities, media reports said on Friday.

"The government has allowed duty-free import of 300 taxicabs on trial basis," the official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) quoted deputy minister for privatisation and investment Umar Ahmad Ghuman as saying.

Prime Transport Limited, a company owned by a US-based Pakistani, is to invest one billion dollars to set up an assembly plant for London Taxi (LTI) in southern Sindh province.

President Pervez Musharraf will inaugurate the London Taxi terminal at Karachi Airport by the end of July, while Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will perform the ground-breaking ceremony of the LTI assembly plant at Gharo town in Sindh, for which 300 acres of land has been allocated.

The decision to launch the London taxicab scheme is aimed to provide people with a safe, economical and reliable taxi service, Ghuman said.

Ghuman said that Daimler Chrysler of the US would establish its assembly plant in Punjab province to produce Mercedes-Benz trucks, buses and cars.