Mubashir Aalam Wani
Srinagar, Aug 24: The trial run of six e-buses procured under the smart city project began in Srinagar on Thursday. The trail run of these buses will take place from Lal Chowk to Nishat and will return via Foreshore road.
CEO, Srinagar Smart City Limited, Athar Aamir Khan said that the trial run of e-buses has been started.
Khan said that the e-buses have been procured under Smart city project and have been procured with an aim to overcome the unavailability of transport facility.
He said that a total of 100 e-buses have been procured for Srinagar, adding that there are two types of electric buses which include 75 nine meter buses and 25 12 meter buses.
These electric buses will ensure zero emission and the driver will have all the control on the vehicles like doors and other things, he said, adding that once these buses will start running on roads, it will reduce the congestion.
“These buses are more similar to those in London buses. The idea is that the buses will run for next 12 years,” he said, adding that the contract for the first 12 years has been given to Tata Company and a proper route planning has been done in this regard.
At present there is a maintenance point at Pantha Chowk, but in the coming time, there will be charging points at multiple places in Srinagar, he said.
The trial run that has commenced today will continue for the next few days and will be inaugurated formally by next month, he added.
Notably, It was earlier reported that Jammu and Kashmir administration has procured 200 e-buses, 100 each for Jammu and Srinagar cities.
These air conditioned buses with CCTVs installed inside are being procured under the Smart City project.
These buses will also have digital on-boarding facility, live tracking so that people can be aware about arrival timing of the buses.