The missing push
Several sectors in Jammu and Kashmir need immediate attention and transport is one among them. The sector can easily be termed as one of the worse sectors that has over the years witnessed neglect, apathy and lack of investment.
What has made things worse for this crucial sector is the unending lockdowns since August 2019 and a total neglect by all the stakeholders.
Primarily, almost all the approved vehicles running in the nook and corner of the region are unfit for public use as they have not been maintained or even upgraded over the years.
What has worsened the situation is the callous attitude adopted by the administration as well as all the previous regimes while dealing with this sector. The state of affairs of the public transport system is reflected by the number of mishaps and road accidents that are taking place in the region.
Not only are the mishaps showing an increased trend with every passing day but the fatalities due to it are also increasing tremendously. Still the government fails to take some measures and officials have over the years neglected any positive development vis-à-vis this crucial sector.
Time and again the administration has announced several measures to rid us of the old and unsafe vehicles but these proposals never take off or even get the government up and going and to bring in some change.
Months back the government promised introduction of comfortable and spacious vehicles to be put in use for public but the proposals failed to take off as even the state owned SRTC also failed to procure the vehicles that were to be run on the roads in Srinagar as well as in Jammu.
The proposal to register public transport vehicles fitted with GPS system and panic buttons from April 1, 2018 never materialized as even the Center for Developing Advanced Computing under ‘Suraksha Mitra’ to track, locate and give real time data of vehicles failed to work on the project.
The new proposal would have ensured tamper proof- GPS system, name, age, address and contact number of all drivers along with photographs that would have been displayed in the vehicle which will ensure some safety and security among the passengers who have to frequently travel using the public transport.
The demand for the use of public transport is ever increasing as it is the people’s top choice as a mode of transportation as it offers flexibility and freedom to the commuters. It also helps people save money, ease traffic congestion, and even help reduce pollution levels.
However, all this can be possible if a new or an upgraded fleet of vehicles is introduced for public use and various schemes are introduced to involve the existing transporters to switch over to better and safe vehicles for the public use.