In a first, Night Bus Service to start in Srinagar on different routes to facilitate general public.
In this regard, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Vijay Kumar Bidhuri convened a meeting of officers to chalk out plan for induction of SRTC Bus for night transport service.
The meeting was attended by Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir; Senior Superintendent of Traffic Police, City; General Manager JKSRTC and other officers.
Addressing the officers, Div Com directed JK SRTC to spare more than fourteen busses which shall run on different routes of Srinagar to facilitate general public after dusk when public transport usually remains unavailable to commuters.
Div Com also directed RTO Kashmir to identify routes to ply SRTC buses besides he instructed him to frame the time schedule simultaneously and submit same by today.
Also, Div Com instructed concerned Smart City officer to pace up the ongoing works and remove debris and material from roads to avoid bottleneck obstacles.
During the meeting, it was informed that the bus service will be available upto 10 PM in night.
Lack of evening transport facilities in the summer capital is causing immense inconvenience to people.
Passengers from different areas of Srinagar are decrying non-availability of public transport during evening hours. The passengers said that after sunset, they face immense problems due to the non-availability of public transport in city areas. The problem is compounded due to the lack of cabs in the evenings.
The passengers said that the problem is most prevalent on the routes of Hazratbal outskirts, Harwan areas, and uptown Srinagar.
This affects office goers, students, women, and elderly. The cab service yards that operate at Exchange Road Lal Chowk and Maisuma are mostly deserted in the evenings. The cab service of the Harwan route is also non-available after sunset.
The passengers who board cabs from Exchange Road Cab Yard and Maisuma to Hazratbal areas of Chatrahama and Danihama said that the cab operators do not follow any timing.
The passengers said that they want more RTC buses to be available on different routes, especially in the evening.