Demand for e-rickshaws grows, authorities cite dearth of vehicles


‘Less than 400 e-rickshaws registered with RTO, will look into public demand’


Srinagar, May 05 : The demand for e-rickshaws continues to grow in Srinagar, with transport authorities saying there is a dearth of such vehicles.

There are less than 400 e-rickshaws registered with RTO Kashmir, and the people demand such services in more Srinagar areas.

A senior official at the transport department told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) there is a growing demand for e-rickshaws on more Srinagar routes. However, currently, less than 400 e-rickshaws are operational, he said. “Those who aspire to go into the public transport sector, we are encouraging them to use e-rickshaws.”

The official said that given the frequent demands for e-rickshaw services on more city routes, they are reviewing the ongoing operations and will look into the public demands.

Earlier, in March, a meeting of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) was held which was chaired by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Asad Aijaz in which approval was accorded for 55 additional hungry routes for the operation of e-Rickshaw services to facilitate the general public in Srinagar City, in addition to already approved 18 routes in the district.

During the meeting, the DC Srinagar stressed that the operation of e-rickshaws be restricted on congested routes and should only play on hungry and last mile connectivity routes where the availability of public transport facilities was meager.

The DC Srinagar, who is also the Chairman Regional Transport Authority (RTA), said that it was imperative to accord approval for additional routes for the operation of e-rickshaws to ensure smoother public transport facilities to the people, besides encouraging the local youth to take up the activity to earn their livelihood—(KNO) 

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