E-rickshaws will ply on 55 Additional Routes only, No E-Rickshaw Shall ply anywhere on National Highway: RTO Kashmir

Srinagar, 14 March (CNI): The Regional Transport Officer Kashmir on Monday issued a list of 55 additional routes in and around Srinagar city on which e-rickshaws will ply with the restriction that no e-Rickshaw shall ply anywhere on the National Highway.

As per the News agency Current News of India (CNI), a meeting of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) was held under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz (Chairman Regional Transport Authority) here on Monday.

At the outset, a detailed discussion took place on the finalisation of different agenda points including giving approval for additional last-mile connectivity routes for E-Rickshaws.

After the brief discussion, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz, who is the also Chairman of RTA Srinagar accorded approval of 55 additional hungry routes for the operation of E-Rickshaw services to facilitate the general public in Srinagar City, in addition to already approved 18 routes in the District.

As per the Circular, a copy of which lies with Current News of India (CNI) that reads Regional Transport Authority in its last meeting had defined 18 (eighteen) routes listed at Annexure-A for plying e-rickshaws in Srinagar.

Whereas the number of e-rickshaws in the city has increased substantially and in the interest of the functioning of e-rickshaws for a smoother public transport service, it was felt imperative to define the additional routes for e-rickshaws.

Whereas the issue was considered in the meeting of the Regional Transport Authority, Srinagar convened on 13-03-2023 and it was decided that in addition to the already notified
routes, the e-rickshaws shall be allowed to ply on some additional routes in and around Srinagar city.

Now, therefore, the e-Rickshaws shall be allowed to ply on 55 additional routes with the restriction that no e-Rickshaw shall ply anywhere on the National Highway and from Tengpora Bypass to Sonwar and Jehangir Chowk to Airport road segments, in Srinagar City.

Meanwhile, The DC stressed that the operation of E-Rickshaws is restricted on congested routes and should only ply on hungry and last-mile connectivity routes where the availability of public transport facilities is meagre to ensure that high-traffic routes do not get congested to create a disorganized situation in the city. (CNI)

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