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Launches Srinagar Smart City’s 100 e-buses; flags off fleet of 75 e-buses at Nishat

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha launched the Srinagar Smart City’s 100 Electric Buses under Srinagar Electric Bus Project and flagged off a fleet of 75 e-buses at Nishat bus terminal today, an official press release informed.

It said these e-buses will ply on 15 intra-city routes and two inter-city routes and will run a minimum of 200 kms a day from 8 AM to 8 PM.

In his address, the LG congratulated the Srinagar Smart City Limited and the residents of Srinagar and adjoining districts on the occasion.

“Smart mobility to optimize transportation services for harmonious balance with ecology is our top priority. The addition of 100 e-buses is a big leap to achieve carbon neutrality as per the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the LG said.

He said the Srinagar Smart City Limited is translating the ‘modal shift’ concept into reality through an integrated approach to provide smooth transportation to people and contributing to the sustainability of society.

The LG said the e-buses dedicated to the people today will ensure that daily commuters and office-goers have access to reliable, affordable, sustainable and safe public transport system for Srinagar city and the connected districts.

He directed the officials to ensure the dedicated charging stations for the e-buses remain functional round the year.

At the launch ceremony, the LG expressed gratitude to the Central government for the support and assistance in improving the urban transport in the UT. “Soon the dream of Metro Rail in Srinagar and Jammu will become a reality,” he said.

The e-buses are equipped with Universal Access and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems, on-board vehicle tracking system, CCTV and emergency stop facility.

A dedicated mobile app and online ticket payment facility have been developed for the convenience of the passengers. All the buses are integrated with Srinagar Smart City’s Integrated Command & Control Centre, the press release said.

It said a bus depot is coming up at Pantha Chowk and charging sub-stations have been developed for smooth operation of e-buses.

Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor SMC; Prashant Goyal, Principal Secretary Housing & Urban Development Department; Vijay Kumar Bidhuri, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Athar Aamir Khan, CEO Srinagar Smart City Limited; G. Prasanna Ramaswamy, Secretary Transport department, ULB members, officials of Civil administration and Tata Motors and prominent citizens were present.

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