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J&K government revamps public transport system, to introduce electric buses

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By: Tariq Shah VOV


In order to provide comfort to the common people who are using public transport in Jammu and Kashmir, the government has decided to introduce 200 electric buses equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including a real-time tracking system, in both capital cities Srinagar and Jammu.

The government has decided to give relief in a big way to those people who use public transport and in Kashmir valley 100 eco-friendly buses would be on the ground soon.

Similarly an equal number of electric buses would be introduced in the Jammu region in order to control the pollution on the streets both in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to PTI quoting officials about the introduction of electric buses, it said in its report on Saturday as follows.

The official said the buses will be procured under the second phase of the central scheme Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and EV (FAME II), and tenders have been floated for the procurement.

“The electric bus service will encourage commuters to shift towards the public transport system,” he said.

Introduction of the high-tech buses will also boost revenue generation as more viable and lucrative routes will be included in the operational network of transportation, the official added.

These buses will be equipped with modern features like a real-time passenger information system (PIS), panic buttons for emergency, automatic bus vehicle location system, CCTV cameras, public address systems, stop request buttons and online collection of fares through various mediums

“The Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS) of buses will be connected with the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) of Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) and Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL) simultaneously,” the official said.

Fares will be collected through a variety of options like cash, smartcards and QR codes, he said.

An online monitoring platform will be created at the city level for these buses to monitor relevant parameters, including running kilometres, equivalent fuel saved in litres per day, and equivalent carbon dioxide reduction per day, the official said.

Officials said the Jammu and Kashmir Road Transport Corporation (JKRTC) will be rolling out the ITMS by April 30.

In the first phase, online ticket booking facilities will be provided, they said.

With PTI inputs

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