DC Srinagar Chairs Regional Transport Authority Meeting
SRINAGAR, JUNE 20: In order to ensure proper regulation of e-Rickshaws on the city’s roads and to finalize the routes for their operationalization, a meeting of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) was held today under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz at the DC Office Complex, here.
Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation/CEO Smart City, Athar Amir Khan, Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir, Sajid Yehya Naqash, SSP Traffic, Muzaffar Ahmad Shah, Superintendent of Police (Headquarters), Director of Planning Srinagar and others concerned were present at the meeting.
On the occasion, the DC who is also Chairman of RTA Srinagar, after having heated discussions, approved the operation of 120 e-Rickshaws services in the city of Srinagar especially on the starved roads where the availability of public transport is low.
The DC has ordered the RTO, Kashmir to conduct an exercise in consultation with the RTC, Traffic Police and other concerned persons to finalize an effective and efficient route plan following the observation raised during the meeting so that a better traffic management system is implemented to overcome the traffic issues in the City.
The DC asked relevant officers to undertake a thorough investigation to verify the feasibility, cost-benefit analysis and identify hungry routes in different parts of the city to facilitate the general public, in addition to carrying capacity e-rickshaws to avoid unregulated trips and mushrooms. operationalization of services.
The DC has formed a Board of Inquiry headed by the Additional Deputy Commissioner who will submit a report within two weeks to roll out an effective action plan for the smooth operation of e-Rickshaws in the District.
The DC further stressed that e-Rickshaw drivers must receive professional training and awareness of etiquette and behavioral approach with commuters.
Earlier, the RTO of Kashmir briefed the meeting on the operation of the service, the designated routes on which the e-Rickshaws service is to run, the setting of fair tariffs, in addition to the facilities for the charging stations at the terminals. He said e-rickshaws will run on hungry routes which generally see less vehicle movement.
Highlighting the benefits of e-Rickshaws, the meeting was informed that e-Rickshaw is an easy means of transportation for ordinary people and reducing pollution would bring considerable changes in reducing the pollution index.
Meanwhile, the meeting also discussed measures taken to overcome traffic jams to ensure smooth traffic regulation in the city and provide better transportation services to the people. The RTA also discussed the future roadmap for the next six months, in which a sufficient number of smart buses are purchased to establish a robust public transport system.