Srinagar- A meeting of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) was held under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz(Chairman Regional Transport Authority) at the Conference Hall of DC Office Complex, here on Monday.
The DC, who is the also Chairman of RTA Srinagar after having a threadbare discussion accorded approval of 55 additional hungry routes for operation of E-Rickshaw services to facilitate general public in Srinagar City, in addition to already approved 18 routes in the District.
The DC stressed that operation of E-Rickshaws be restricted on congested routes and should only ply on hungry and last mile connectivity routes where availability of public transport facility is meagre to ensure that high traffic routes do not get congested to create a disorganized situation in the city.
The DC was informed that a total of 314 E-Rickshaws are presently operating in Srinagar to facilitate the general public with reliable and cheap transport services particularly on hungry routes including colonies and inner roads.
“It is imperative to accord approval for additional routes for operation of e-Rickshaws to ensure smoother public transport facilities to the people, besides encouraging the local youth to take up this activity to earn their livelihood” Aijaz said.
With regard to identification of space for operation of contract services vehicles, the DC asked the authorities to strictly adhere to the guidelines of the High court and take measures as to comply with the directions in letter and spirit.
Aijaz also directed the concerned Officers to undertake a comprehensive survey to check the feasibility, cost benefit analysis and identify hungry routes in different parts of the City to facilitate the general public, in addition to the carrying capacity of the e-Rickshaws to avoid unregulated and mushroom operationalization of the services.
Highlighting the advantages of e-Rickshaws, the meeting was informed that e-Rickshaw is a means of easy transport for common people, ensures safe travel for women and reduces pollution that would bring a considerable improvement in the pollution index of the city.
SSP Traffic, Muzaffar Ahmad Shah, Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir, Syed Shahnawaz Bukhari, Additional District Development Commissioner, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Syed Shabir Ahmad, Chief Planning Officer, Mohammad Yaseen Lone, Executive Engineer R&B, Ashiq Hussain and other concerned were present at the meeting.
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