SRINAGAR: In order to strengthen public transport system, Principal Secretary Transport, Asgar Samoon, today, has said that radio taxi service on patterns of (Ola & Uber) will be started soon across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Principal Secretary Transport, Asgar Samoon chairing a meeting of officials.

This was stated by the Principal Secretary while chairing an officers’ meeting here convened to review the establishment of IDTR( Institute of Driving Training and Research) at Kot Balwal and Budgam and ICC(Inspection and Certification Centre) at Harwan in Srinagar and at Samba in Jammu.

Stressing on the strengthening public transport services across J&K, Samoon said that radio taxi service shall ensure better transport facility with the safety of passengers besides creating employment avenues for locals. He said that technocrats, drivers, owners of taxis and auto-rickshaws will be roped in this service, which will operate through a Google-enabled app on patterns of Ola and Uber services. He said that Taxi service rules have been notified already and all related work is in progress to launch it soon in J&K.

Directions were also passed by the Principal Secretary to the management of SRTC to ensure early procurement of new buses including electric-ones. He asked them to deploy bus services on various routes including Gurez, Ladakh and other remote areas to ensure better transport facility to the travelers.

During the meeting, Samoon directed concerned officers to expedite work on the projects and ensure that pending work on IDRT at Kot Balwal and ICC at Samba in Jammu is completed by June this year. He also asked district administration Srinagar and Budgam to ensure work on projects of IDRT at Budgam and ICC at Harwan in Srinagar is started at an earliest.

At the outset, the Principal Secretary while taking a detailed review of Road Safety Funds, emphasized on the deployment of all safety equipments including 110 bikes procured last year. This year with the delay in the tendering process, Samoon said that an amount of Rs. 10 crore as Road Safety Fund will be released to DCs Rs 50 lac each for road safety management in their districts.   He instructed for use of radons, identification of black sports, installation of cameras and other necessary equipment to avoid the occurrence of accidents across the J&K.

Among others, the meeting was attended by Transport Commissioner, DC Budgam, MD SRTC, Director SMG, CE R&B,  Director Finance Transport, RTOs Jammu, Kathua, Kashmir, SSP Traffic Jammu, ADC Srinagar, Addl Secretary Road Safety Council, ARTO Samba, Budgam and other concerned.


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