KARACHI (Web Desk) – Uber, the international smartphone app that seamlessly connects riders to drivers, has launched in Karachi with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sindh Government and Ministry of Transport to facilitate the commuters
The MoU is committed to developing technology to bring additional safety, and convenience for Karachi residents, and creating more economic opportunities for individuals and small and medium enterprises using the Uber platform.
Speaking on the occasion, CM Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah welcomed the introduction of this service and said it would make travelling more convenient and safe and also provide employment to many. He added that Karachi with a population of more than 20 million faces many challenges and he is determined to improve urban transport services through modern public transportation. Uber will be a very good alternative for many including those who use private cars. CM added that he has asked for Uber to take all necessary measures to ensure safety, security and provide the service at very competitive services.
Karachi is the second city to launch in Pakistan in six months. Karachi will first launch with uberGO, its low-cost product, and will have a cash option.
In Karachi, uberGO will serve Clifton, Saddar Town, Jamshed Town, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town, Liaqutabad, North Nazimabad, Gulberg Town, Faisal, Malir, Malir Town, and Korangi to start off with.
Zohair Yousafi, Head of Pakistan expansion also expressed his views on Uber launch in Karachi.
“Thousands of people have already downloaded the app in Karachi in anticipation of today and we are even more excited about the Sindh Government warm welcome to the city. We like to say that cities choose us, instead of Uber choosing cities and that is extremely true for Karachi. Anyone can now enjoy an affordable, reliable and safe ride at the push of a button thanks to uberGO. The competitive price means using uberGO is the perfect option for anyone wanting to get around the city” he said.
Renowned actress Mahira Khan who tried Uber also shared her experience of the ride ecstatically.
“I have been using Uber around the world and I can’t believe that it’s in my city now. Safe, affordable and easy to use I say this from first-hand experience. Uber is uber-cool!” Mahira said.
To celebrate, trips throughout Karachi will be free for the first weekend (From 12pm Thursday, August 25thuntil 11:59 pm Sunday, August 28th). Riders can enter the promo code ‘KarachiFREE’ to enjoy 5 free rides up to Rs. 300 each.
- Minimum Fare: Rs.150
- Per Kilometer: Rs.9.38
- Per Minute: Rs. 2.00
Here are fare estimates for some popular routes in Karachi:
- Atrium to Burnes Road: Rs. 150
- IBA City Campus to National Stadium: Rs. 180
- Hyderi Market to Bahadurabad: Rs. 200
- Agha Khan Hospital to Jinnah Intl. Airport: Rs. 220