JKSRTC to introduce electric buses on state roads

The meeting was apprised that the projects of electric buses will cost Rs 40 crore and the initiative will be given its final shape soon.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Aug 2 2018 12:20AM | Updated Date: Aug 2 2018 12:20AM
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In a first, roads in the state will soon see the rollout of electric buses by Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC).

According to an official spokesperson, this was revealed in a meeting, chaired by the principal secretary transport department AsgarSamoon, called to review the functioning of JKSRTC and to discuss and deliberate upon its revival plan.

The principal secretary said that soon 40 electric buses will be introduced in the state with a seating capacity of 35 to 40 passengers. “The passengers can avail them without overloading and these buses will also help us to keep the environment clean,” he added.

The meeting was apprised that the projects of electric buses will cost Rs 40 crore and the initiative will be given its final shape soon.

During the meeting, Samoon also took a detailed review of upgradation and modernisation of service workshops in Narwal, Rail Head Complex and BikramChowk in Jammu and Pampore, Bemina and Parimpora in Kashmir.

The meeting also discussed the software development of online passenger reservation system (OPRS), installation of GPS in the fleet of JKSRTC, introduction of centralised payroll system, digitalized fuel management system, and installation of CCTV cameras in JKSRTC vehicles.

The principal secretary enquired about various activities carried by the corporation regarding the transport issues including buses plying on roads, off-road and condemned vehicles and various infrastructural works.

The meeting was informed that presently 497 buses and 315 trucks operate at various roads in the state.

The representatives of JKSRTC briefed the principal secretary on the revenue generation through operational and non-operational activities expenditure, present financial position and the proposed plan to revive the Corporation.

Samoon stressed on conducting an audit for assessing the actual financial position of the corporation besides effective human resource management for positive output. He also directed officials to expedite the recovery process of operational amount pending with various departments.

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