Srinagar, Feb 01: The introduction of E-Vehicles in Srinagar has eased the travel adversities across Srinagar where commuters believe that this mode of transport has eased the travel.
The e-buses were introduced under the Srinagar Smart City Limited (SSCL) Project whereas e-rickshaws were introduced independently.
SSCL has over 130 projects. One of the major ongoing projects is the introduction of e-buses on the roads of Srinagar and adjoining areas.
The fleet of 100 buses was launched in November, 2023. Out of these, 75 will are operational within Srinagar district and 25 will connect the city with rest of the districts.
The buses are currently plying on 14 routes in Srinagar. Two of the routes connect the city with district Budgam and expansion to Ganderbal district is also expected soon.
Hureen Mattoo, a college student, chooses e-rickshaw for her travel because she feels it is a comfortable mode of travel. “It does not consume much time and I feel comfortable, so I prefer e-rickshaws,” she said.
Besides, less time and convenience, the bus service has a mobile application, ‘Chalo’ app. The application has tracks, time table and locations of all the live buses. The commuters can use the application to check the timing of their location and board the bus accordingly. The buses have CCTV installed to avoid any untoward incidents.
Toiba Sadiq, a girl who goes to college and office in e-bus finds it easy due to the mobile application. “These e-buses are comfortable unlike the motor local buses,” said Toiba. “These buses are fast and do not take frequent and long halts.”
These electric vehicles not only proved to be beneficial for passengers, but also created livelihood for hundreds of unemployed men in the valley. The drivers and conductors for the e-buses are selected through official procedure. However, for e-rickshaws many people buy the vehicle and start earning. KNO