140 electric buses under Smart Cities Scheme proposed: Govt

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Jammu, Minister for Transport, Sunil Kumar Sharma on Saturday said Corporation has decided to introduce Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS) which is expected to be completed by June 2018.

The Minister said this while replying to the Demand for Grants of Transport Department in the Legislative Assembly, that under Smart Cities Scheme, procurement of 140 electric buses along with 08 charging stations have been proposed for both capital cities, he said adding that under FAME INDIA scheme, 15 buses have been sanctioned and under JKIDP, procurement of 40 electric buses & 20 electric rickshaws have been proposed.

Sunil Sharma further informed that 52 trucks and 32 buses are being procured out of the funds accumulated by auction of the fleet, sale of land for strengthening existing fleet. “Under AMRUT 38 buses are being procured during the current financial year,” he added.

“The Corporation is also exploring possibilities for up-gradation of transportation on the modern pattern (Luxury Coaches) through PPP Mode”, he informed.

With an objective to increase financial health of the Corporation, JKSRTC is going to establish retail outlets of Petrol Pumps at its own location with the collaboration of M/S BPCL that will yield handsome revenue to the Corporation, the Minister said.

With an effort to meet exigencies on the National Highways, he informed that 136 Basic Life Support Ambulances sanctioned from GoI under National Highway Accident Relief Service Scheme will be put in service for which funds have been already provided to the Health Department.

Giving details of vehicles of State Motor Garages, he said that presently, 579 vehicles have been allotted to the secretariat and other departments across the state.

He further informed that during 2017-18, the SMG has purchased only 29 vehicles against an amount of Rs 255.60 lakh so far and for infrastructure updation, works at Jammu & Srinagar worth Rs 187.69 lakh have been taken in hand which shall be completed during the next financial year, he added.

Spelling out the new initiatives to be taken for departmental infrastructure development, he informed that 102 vehicles shall be purchased, a fleet of SMG to be augmented by adding 156 vehicles, creation of staff for the newly created 8 districts for, procurement of more automobile equipment for various workshops.

Regarding functioning of JKSRTC, the Minister said that it is putting in concerted efforts to make the transport system advantageous and convenient to the public, tourism, trade and industry and various other agencies.

He informed that SRTC fleet has a total of 847 vehicles comprising of 518 Buses, 313 Trucks, 11 Non-Commercial Buses and 05 Trucks.

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