Ola, Uber cab services in Srinagar soon, says minister

Ola, Uber cab services in Srinagar soon, says minister
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Srinagar: Claiming that the J&K State Transport department was the first fully computerised department in the state, minister of state for transport, Sunil Sharma, on Saturday revealed that the government has roped in two top cab facility companies Ola and Uber services of which will be available soon in Jammu and Srinagar cities.
Speaking at the launch ceremony of e-challaning here, the BJP minister said that all work in the department is being done online.
“It is completely paperless,” he said. “I have formulated a project of Rs 100 which I will get approved by the government of India for better transport facility and traffic management in J&K.”
“The DGP Vaid sahab suggested to me some time back as to why we can’t have Ola and Uber (cabs) in state like Delhi which are easily available and have fixed rates,” Sharma revealed. “I worked on the plan and very soon, next month we are launching these two services here.”
“It is for the first time that our department has got at least Rs 60 crore approved so far from government of India,” he added.
Besides, the minister said, the government has got Rs 20 crore approved for Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS). “We are in the process of getting land for Intelligent Driving Training Institute in Srinagar and Jammu.”
“We have already outsourced this project to Maruti Udyog which will be giving training to drivers,” he said.
Sharma claimed that his ministry is trying its best to make license issuing process easy, however, he rued that he lacked human resources as well as financial assistance. “Transport department has no budget to procure new buses,” he said. “But, now people can get Learners License booked sitting home or attending online exam at Community Information Centre (CICs).”
He said that under PPP mode, the government has engaged three companies. “In November, we will have 100 fully AC buses which will run on state routes,” he said. “And, for inter-state roads, we are trying to get more sophisticated buses which will have pantry and washrooms fitted inside.”
Conceding that the transport department is marred in corruption, he said, “Since I have taken over, I am in image make-over process. Now, employees of the department very well know that there is transparency in the system.”
He further said that the transport department has withheld issuing permits to new vehicles. “Thousands of permits stand already issued and there is a chaos which we are correcting,” he said, “I won’t issue a single permit till we get all permits corrected and for betterment of the route permit, we will paint (commercial) vehicles with a unique colour for different districts.”
“There will be district wise colours for easy identification,” he added.
On traffic management in J&K cities, he said, “traffic department has meagre force but huge pressure but I am happy with the Traffic department as I witness top officers regulating vehicles on roads. This is dedication.”

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