E-rickshaws to hit Srinagar roads soon

The E-rickshaws are set to hit the roads in the summer capital Srinagar.  

Amid the rising pollution resulting from growing traffic in Srinagar, the authorities have decided to introduce the E-rickshaws in several parts of the city.

To begin with, these battery-driven rickshaws will run on trial basis for five days during which experts would evaluate their capacity, features and other necessary factors to decide about their continuation.

We will check the claims made by manufacturers about the capacity of these vehicles and whether they can withstand the weather conditions here,” said Regional Transport Officer (RTI), Kashmir, IqramullaTak.

He said after the trial period they will prepare an evaluation report and submit it to the office of Transport Commissioner.

“If these E-rickshaws are found advantageous we will decide upon their route plan,” he said.

Usually, these E-rickshaws are used in end miles – the localities where public transport is not available. 

For trial period, this new mode of transport will ply from Dalgate to Nehru Park, Bypass Crossing at Railway Station to Railway Station Nowgam and Chanapora Bypass Bridge to Bagh-e-Mehtab Colony.

The office of RTO Kashmir has invited applications for operating these rickshaws.

Under the Srinagar Smart City project at least 20 electric buses are already running on different routes. These buses are eco-friendly.

The air and noise pollution free electric buses are running on separate routes in both Jammu and Srinagar regions, having capacity to run up to 150 kilometers with one full-charge.