Officials discuss ‘bicycle sharing’ for Srinagar smart city

Officials discuss ‘bicycle sharing’ for Srinagar smart city
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Kaiser Majeed

SRINAGAR: City officials met here Friday to discuss the introduction of mobile –app based bicycle sharing in Srinagar as a component of smart city mission.
Bicycle sharing is considered to be an eco-friendly solution to de-congest traffic in most of cities globally.
Chief Executive Officer, J&KERA/Srinagar Smart City Limited, Farooq Ahmad Lone chaired a meeting of officials including Traffic Advisor to government Anuj Malhotra , Abdul Majeed Raina,Vice Chairman, Srinagar Development Authority, Riaz Ahmad Wani, Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation , Satish Razdan, Director, ERA, Kashmir, and other officers of traffic police and district administration.
It was informed in the meeting that bicycle sharing is being introduced in Srinagar city as a component of Srinagar Smart City Mission.
Experts in the field gave a detailed presentation on the concept.
“Bicycle sharing operates through a mobile application which users are required to download on their mobile phones and enter the plate number displayed on each bicycle provided at the bicycle bay to receive the passcode to unlock the bicycle. On reaching the destination users would have to park the bicycle in the designated parking areas near their destination and lock the bicycle,” experts said.
The concept works on the economic principle of sharing of resources and aims at replacing the car with bicycle for urban mobility to pave way for traffic de-congestion, decreased levels of emission of harmful carbon dioxide and SO2 gases that are major contributors to air pollution besides promoting the healthy lifestyles amongst the city dwellers.
It was decided that a complete recce of the Srinagar city will be conducted by the officers of SMC, SDA,SSCL, along with the experts to work out the most feasible model to be taken up for implementation of the concept.
CEO Lone, however, told Kashmir Reader that the concept was still in initial stage.
“We have just started the process. We have not yet selected any company for its execution. We are looking into it, what methods we will put in place to make it possible. We will also watch out the proposals from companies. The one that will be viable will be selected,” he said.