Tuesday, 19 May 2020
JK to get Ola, Uber-type radio taxi service soon: Samoon
In order to strengthen public transport system, Principal Secretary Transport, Asgar Samoon, Monday said that radio taxi service on the patterns of Ola and Uber would be started soon across J&K.
Samoon was 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 strengthening the public transport services across J&K, Samoon said the radio taxi service should ensure better transport facility with safety of passengers besides creating employment avenues for the locals.
He said technocrats, drivers, owners of taxis, and auto rickshaws would be roped in this service, which would operate through a Google-enabled app on the patterns of Ola and Uber services.
He said the taxi service rules had been notified already and all related work was 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 the 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 the 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 the district administration Srinagar and Budgam to ensure work on projects of IDRT at Budgam and ICC at Harwan in Srinagar is started at the earliest.
At the outset, the Principal Secretary while taking detailed review of the 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 would be released to DCs Rs 50 lakh each for road safety management in their districts.
He instructed for the use of radons, identification of black sports, installation of cameras and other necessary equipment to avoid occurrence of accidents across J&K.