Srinagar– In a major relief for commuters in the city, the lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday directed traffic department to allow the uninterrupted operation of electric buses in Srinagar.
The e- bus service by Jammu & Kashmir Road Transport Corporation (JKRTC) faced a setback a few days as the administration banned the operation of service.
The electric buses, first of its kind, aimed at providing a pollution-free transport system in the city were inaugurated by former Governor Satya Pal in 2019 but with the major embarrassment for the administration, the electric buses that were made operational in the city were nowhere in sight for a few days. Ironically, the Mini bus service is still operational in the city.
In an order issued on Thursday from the LG office it states that uninterrupted playing of JKRTC Electric Buses services on notified routes in Srinagar city.
“Kindly refer to the subject cíted above, where under it is submitted that Hon’ble former Governor of erstwhile state J&K during July 2019 flagged off Electric Buses for operation in Srinagar city on notified/identified routes for the convenience of commuters/general public. These buses have been continuously playing on notified /scheduled routes within and outskirts of Srinagar city. But all of sudden, its operation was restricted by the traffic department”, order reads.
As reported by Managing Director JKRTC vide letter No. JKRTC/MD/PS/GMA/1110 dated 22-11-2021, the traffic authorities have imposed restrictions on JKRTC electric bus services originating from Lal-Chowk to various routes, which resulted in inconvenience to general public/commuters and loss to the corporation.
However, while taking cognizance of inconvenience to the commuters in general and department in particular, LG directed concerned authorities to allow operation of e-service in the city. (CNS)
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.