Omar proposes water transport for Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday proposed the idea of transportation using river Jhelum to relieve the pressure on the roads of Srinagar city which frequently face traffic snarl.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Monday proposed the idea of transportation using
river Jhelum to relieve the pressure on the roads of Srinagar
city which frequently face traffic snarl.

The Chief Minister said the idea of water transport needs
to be translated into a reality as soon as possible.

"Launch of water transport in Srinagar city would
relieve pressure on surface transport to a greater extent and
provide facilities to the general public and tourists to move
around in the city," Omar said while chairing a high-level
meeting here.

The roads in the summer capital here often face traffic
jams as poorly planned roads fail to meet the rush of
ever-growing number of vehicles.

Omar said Jehlum river, which snakes through most of
the city, possesses "good potential" for water transportation.

The Chief Minister was also briefed at the meeting
about the radio taxi scheme prepared by the Transport
Department for the twin cities of Srinagar and Jammu.

Omar directed the scheme be placed before the people for
two weeks to get a public response before a final notification
is issued.

PTI

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