With the aim of enhancing public transportation and reducing pollution in the region, J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated an e-bus service in Srinagar on Wednesday. This initiative, launched under the Smart City program, introduced a fleet of 100 battery-operated vehicles that will serve commuters in the city.
The newly introduced battery-operated e-buses are designed to operate along 15 designated routes within Srinagar. During the inauguration ceremony, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha expressed his gratitude to all those involved in the project, including TATA Motors. He emphasised the potential benefits of the e-bus service for the people of Srinagar.
Srinagar Smart City Limited CEO Athar Aamir Khan highlighted that the procurement of these eco-friendly e-buses aligns with the Smart City initiative’s goal of addressing the scarcity of public transport options. The fleet comprises 75 nine-meter buses and 25 12-meter buses, all of which produce zero emissions. Drivers have complete control over vehicle functions, including doors and other essential features.
Inspired by London buses, these electric vehicles are set to operate for the next 12 years, with Tata Motors entering into a 12-year contract for maintenance and operation. Route planning has been meticulously organised to ensure efficient and widespread coverage.
To ensure passenger comfort, the buses are equipped with air conditioning and air curtains, maintaining a pleasant interior temperature. Safety measures have also been incorporated, with five strategically placed cameras throughout each bus, including the front, rear, and near the driver’s seat. In case of emergencies, a panic button connects directly to a command-and-control centre, enabling immediate assistance when needed.