Slew of measures on anvil to revamp public transport system in city

Slew of measures on anvil to revamp public transport system in city

District administration today announced slew of measures to revamp public transport system in the summer capital.

An official statement said that Srinagar administration isworking on a range of measures including enhancing the volume of publictransportation and regulating its operations aimed at improving the publictransport apparatus and the overall traffic situation in the district.

This was informed in a meeting of the Regional TransportAuthority (RTA) Srinagar held here Friday under the chairmanship of the DeputyCommissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.

It was said that among a slew of measures being taken toredress and enhance the public transportation in the district some 250 oldbuses are being replaced with new buses. It said that 120 electric busses arebeing procured for operations on different routes across the district.

"The replacement of old with modern buses for whichfinancial assistance is being provided to their owners and procurement ofelectric buses will be done in a phased manner within a fixed timeline. Routeswill be allotted as per requirements," it added.

It was also informed that some 130 bus stands are beingidentified and will be set up at different locations across the city in orderto have a regulated and streamlined apparatus of public transportation in place— one the public can put their trust in and which will not contribute totraffic jams.

The DC who is also the chairman of the RTA Srinagar saidthat in addition to these measures a comprehensive traffic plan is beingformulated aimed at streamlining the overall traffic situation in the district.

"Mushroom growth and unregulated operations of sumos inthe district has resulted in a serious traffic situation and that theirreplacement with mini-buses that come with a reliable and convenient operatingmodule is a need of the hour," the DC said.

He also said no new permits will be issued to three-wheelersnor will the old auto rickshaws be allowed to go for replacements. "Theirowners will to be provided job opportunities in the revamped public transportapparatus," he said.

Dr Shahid said the process including measures for improvedand convenient public transportation as well as those for a streamlined trafficsituation has started and will be reviewed after three months. RTO Kashmir, SSPTraffic City and Joint Director Planning were present in the meeting.

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