Transport deptt working to rationalize public transport, High Court told

Bus stops, timings, decongestion on cards

SRINAGAR: Rationalization of routes and bus stops with proper timings of buses, establishment of pollution checking centres and identification of silent zones will be carried out to decongest traffic mess in Srinagar, a report presented by Transport Commissioner, J&K before the High Court said.
According to the report, the Regional Transport
Officer (RTO), Kashmir has done an exercise on 20 routes for rationalization of routes, stops, timings and trips. Further work of rationalization is also being worked upon, it said.
Also, the SSP Traffic, RTO, SMC and SDA have been tasked to rationalize the bus stops on all routes after ground study. It has been decided by the Divisional Commissioner that the SSP Traffic Srinagar along with RTO Kashmir, SDA and SMC shall identify bus stops
in all the intra-city routes phase by phase, and the SSP Traffic shall prioritize the identification of routes for identification of bus stops.
With regard to segregation of inter city and intra city transport, the court was told that the Transport Commissioner, J&K, convened meetings to draw the attention of the DC Srinagar, Commissioner SMC; SSP Traffic and RTO Kashmir to the Court directions vide order dated 20.07.2017 in (PIL) No. 458/2003 titled Kashmir Consumer Welfare Forum V/s Commissioner Transport & ors.
For inter city transport, it was stated that the inter city transport mainly comprises of big buses, with two big bus operators plying buses from Srinagar to districts.
Kashmir Motor Services operates 230 buses from Srinagar to Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian, and Ganderbal Districts. Western Big Bus Services operates 475 buses from Srinagar to Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, and Budgam towns.
The intra city transport mainly comprises of mini buses, with 1394 mini buses presently catering to the requirement of Srinagar city.
In addition to the mini buses, maxi cabs (Sumos) cater to the requirement of both inter city and intra city transport.
The maxi cabs need to be colour coded for which a proposal has been submitted to the Chairman, Regional Transport Authority (RTA), by the RTO Kashmir, it said.
Also the Transport Authority will display the timetable on the bus stops. The Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, has to display the timetable at conspicuous place in the City.
For curbing vehicular pollution, it was submitted that three pronged strategy shall be adopted, which involves checking of pollution checking centres for norms compliance, and increasing the numbers of pollution checking centres, including at all fuel stations.
It was also submitted that the SMC has been asked to draw out an action plan with a deadline for installation of road safety signages and rate charts.