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JAMMU: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today thanked the Union Government for increasing the quantum of ex-gratia and other reliefs especially for the cross-border firing victims. Pertinently, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, has recently approved that relief and compensation for house damages, crop/livestock losses, relief for stay at relief camps and displacement etc will be payable at the rates equal to NDRF that are fixed from time to time.

 

Dr Singh said the ex-gratia relief in case of death has been increased to Rs 5 lakh whereas Rs 75000 would be provided in case of permanent disability and Rs 5000 for minor injury. Similarly, in case of house damage, the limit has been fixed at Rs 1 lakh or 50% of assessment of actual damage. He said Rs 30000 will be given in case of death of cattle (cow/buffalo) Rs 25000 for death of horses and Rs 3000 for goat and sheep.

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JAMMU: Several members today took part in the Discussion on Demand of Grants for   Transport Department in Legislative Assembly and projected requirements for further strengthening of transport sector in the state. Initiating the discussion, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi projected the problems faced by the transporters in his constituency in absence of   identified stand for them. He sought tax collection centre at Anantnag to save time of transporters who have to travel to Srinagar to deposit the same. He suggested government to work in tandem with SRTC and Department of Tourism to ferry passengers from Srinagar to the tourist destinations. He called for widening JKSRTC service by introducing buses on more routes to ease hardships of commuters and improve its turnover.

 

Mubarak Gul underscored the need for taking necessary steps for minimizing road accidents by intensifying drive against over loading,   violation of traffic safety rules, closing down wine shops on National Highways during night hours, strict action against violators and streamlining traffic regulation mechanism. He suggested making JKSRTC the nodal agency to for providing carriages in different departments like SICOP, handloom, tourism and other related departments.

Vikar Rasool Wani called for augmentation of public transport in rural areas. He said that much improvement has been witnessed in road connectivity but a lot needs to be done to improve   connectivity in hilly areas. He asked the government to prepare a comprehensive mobilization plan to decongest traffic on different roads. He suggested for construction of underground parking lots in Jammu city especially in old city areas including Residency Road, Talab Khatikan etc to minimize the traffic jams. He also pleaded for early implementation of Smart City project in capital cities with special focus on effective traffic management. He demanded for adding modern buses to JKSRTC fleet. 

 

Syed Mohammad Baqir Rizvi congratulated the Minister of State for Transport for bringing effective reforms in transport sector. He demanded for plying more modern coaches on uncovered routes including Sanku-Panikhar in his Constituency. He also demanded opening of Petrol Pump and construction of Bus Adda in his Constituency. Rajeev Jasrotia appreciated the efforts of the government to overhaul the road transport department by taking new initiatives to improve road transport facilities for the comfort of the passengers. He also appreciated introduction of online services for issuance of driving licence and said that it has reduced the difficulties of the people.

 

He also urged the government to take initiatives to decongest the traffic in major cities and towns including Kathua, Ushamour, Poonch Rajouri etc.  Abdul Rahim Rather congratulated the Minister for Transport and his team for making improvement in the functioning of the Transport Department. He called for providing road connectivity to far off areas of Chenab Valley round the year. He hailed the government for setting up Institute of Training and Research for Drivers in Jammu and demanded for establishment of similar Institute in Kashmir Valley. He also urged the government for conducting refresher training courses for commercial drivers. He demanded   railways   for tourist destinations like Phalgam, Kokernag, Verinag and Mughal Gardens. He asked the government to make mobile towers functional in his Constituency. 

 

Dalden Namgyal urged the government to provide Ambulance at Khardungla- the world’s highest altitude tourist spot. He asked the government for making further improvement in the functioning of the transport department. He also demanded for improvement and up-grading of Bus Adda in his Constituency. Shamim Firdous suggested for introducing Double Decor Buses of JKSRTC on more roads in view of their success on the Nishat Shalimar road.    She urged the government for plying more   JKSRTC buses on routes of old city areas of Srinagar.  She called for easing the process for providing Permits for Auto Rikshaws to facilitate educated unemployed youth.

 

Krishen Lal hailed the government for taking initiatives to improve the road transport system in the state. He appealed the government to introduce new fleet of modern comfortable, and increase services on busy routes for the convenience of commuters. He also hailed the government for easing   the process for getting driving licence and over all streamlining of the functioning of the department.  

 

Bashir Ahmad Dar hailed the government for improving in the functioning of the Transport Department and said that the credit goes to the concerned Minister and his staff. He however, asked the Transport Minister to strive for more improvement. Choudhary Mohammad Akram stressed on the need for organizing awareness camps to educate masses about the traffic rules. He demanded for plying of JKSRTC Bus services on the routes of his Constituency.

 

Mohammad Akbar Lone raised the issue of, what he said appointment of Non-State Subject in the Transport Department and demanded thorough inquiry into the matter. He also asked the government to issue appointment orders of Junior Assistants selected for the Transport Department. Pawan Kumar Gupta expressed concern over, what he said recurring losses incurred by Transport Department due to certain reasons. He also opposed appointment of Chairmen, Vice Chairmen of corporations as these have put burden on public ex-chequer. He called for outsourcing of state motor garages.

 

Asgar Ali Karbalie demanded for deploying   more JKSRTC buses on Batalic, Kargil Zanskar and other areas. He also pleaded for plying of JKSRTC Bus for students of Kargil district from Kargil to Jammu and vice versa. Altaf Ahmad Wani hailed the government for   e-lining of the transport records to ensure transparency in the system. He urged the government for introducing and promotion of water transport in the State.   He suggested for developing Bus Addas and other infrastructure,   plying of JKSRTC buses on  Phalgam to Srinagar, Aishmuqam to Srinagar, Kullar to Srinagar and Hapatnard to Srinagar routes. He sought for keeping a provision of vehicles for the legislators during their tour to outside the State.

 

Sheikh Ishfaq Jabar called for promotion of water transport and developing of sufficient Parking slots in the state. He asked the government to strive for achieving full targets   to minimize the losses of JKSRTC. He demanded speedy development of Transport Depot at Ganderbal for which land has been already identified regularization of adhoc, contractual in technical and non-technical workers in the Transport Department and withdrawal of carriage services from SRTC by CAPD and other departments.

Raja Manzoor Ahmad appreciated the government for taking various initiatives for the improvement of the working of the Transport Department. He demanded JKSRTC buses on various routes of his Constituency. He also called   for regularization of adhoc, contractual and other employees working in the Department at an earliest. 

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  • Scientific measures introduced to ensure safety on roads: Sunil Sharma
  • RADMS, Ride Safe App, Web Based Online Services VAHAN/SARTHI, ITMS under implementation
  • 140 electric buses under Smart Cities Scheme proposed; MVD realized Rs 163.68 Cr revenue upto Dec 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

  • ·        Multiple measures taken in addition to RADMS, switching over to Web Based Online Services (VAHAN/SARTHI 4.0), replacement of paper-based documents with plastic/smart cards, digitalization of all departmental records
  • ·        ‘Ride Safe’ app being developed for Citizens to report instances of irresponsible driving with geo-intelligence
  • ·        Work initiated on Institute of Drivers Training and Research (IDTR) in Jammu and in Srinagar
  • ·        MVD realized revenue of Rs 163.68 crore during 2017-18 upto December 2017
  • ·        Revival of JKSRTC under Budget 2018-19 proposals
  • ·        UBER Cab to be introduced in JK by March 2018
  • ·        46% of vehicles registered affixed with the HSRP
  • ·        100 Breath Analyzers installed to put a check on drunken driving
  • ·        State Road Safety Policy under implementation
  • ·        Work on construction of Inspection and Certification Centre (ICC) in Jammu at a cost of Rs 14.40 crore under execution
  • ·        Relief to transporters by waiving off 50% on various types of the fees imposed by MoRTH, GoI
  • ·        136 Basic Life Support Ambulances on National Highway to be put in service soon
  • ·        SMG procured 29 vehicles worth Rs 255.60 lakh during 2017-18
  • ·        JKSRTC to introduce Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS)
  • ·        Proposal for procuring 140 electric buses for twin capital cities under Smart Cities Scheme, 15 buses sanctioned under FAME INDIA scheme, under  JKIDP  40 electric buses & 20 electric rickshaws sanctioned
  • ·        Under AMRUT, 38 buses being procured during current financial year
  • ·        JKSRTC exploring possibilities of Luxury Coaches through PPP Mode
  • ·        JKSRTC to establish retail outlets of Petrol Pumps at its own location
  • ·        2 sites of SRTC identified for construction of Bus Terminals with latest facilities
  • ·        10% DA granted to SRTC employees during the current financial year, Welfare Scheme Policy revised, Insurance Cover for employees also introduced

JAMMU: Minister for Transport, Sunil Kumar Sharma today said that rational, scientific measures are being introduced to ensure safety on roads besides regulating traffic movement. For this, the Government is working to introduce Road Accident Data Management System (RADMS) in the State which will enable Motor Vehicles Department to take rational/scientific data based decisions to ensure safety on roads.

 

The Minister said this while replying to the Demand for Grants of Transport Department in the Legislative Assembly, today. “In this digital day and age, timely and necessary technological updations need to be introduced so that the department can fulfil its basic mandate of providing better transportation facilities to the people with effective safety measures”, the Minister said.

 

The Minister said the department has initiated implementation of multiple measures in addition to RADMS including switch over to Web Based Online Services (VAHAN/SARTHI 4.0), replacement of paper based documents with plastic/smart cards-in offing, digitalization of all departmental records, introduction of Digilocker Service among others. Besides, an app ‘Ride Safe’ is being developed for Citizens to report instances of irresponsible driving with geo-intelligence for intervention and action by filed officials, he added.

 

With a focus on ensuring road safety by way of awareness and training, he said that the department has initiated work on establishment of Institute of Drivers Training and Research (IDTR) in Jammu and in Srinagar. With regard to the income generation prospect, the Minister informed that   MVD has realized revenue of Rs 163.68 crore against a target of Rs 168.51 crore during 2017-18 upto December 2017.

 

High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) is being implemented in the State and presently about 46% of vehicles registered have been affixed with the HSRP, he said adding that the process of HSRP fixation has been modified enabling 100% compliance by new vehicle owners. With an objective to strengthen the department to check menace for drunken driving, 100 Breath Analyzers were procured during August, 2016 for which funds were provided by the MoRTH, GoI.

 

State Road Safety Policy is under implementation, further with an aim to reduce the fatalities and accidents by 50% by 2020, instructions have been issued for preparation of District Road Safety Plan (2017-2020), he said. The Minister informed the House that the work is under execution on Inspection and Certification Centre (ICC) in Jammu at the cost of Rs 14.40 crore.

 

With regard to the relief measures for the transporters, the Minister said the department has also given respite to them by introducing measures like- relief of 50% on various types of the fees imposed by MoRTH, GoI, besides Payments of Token Tax and Passenger Tax for the period of 6 months of unrest in the State have been exempted. Passengers fare has been revised and fee/penalties recently enhanced by the Central Government are being reduced providing relief to the transporters, he added.

 

He informed that Road Safety Council Bill is being introduced to create a Road Safety Fund for identifying and removing the Black Spots on roads to ensure Safe Journey. 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 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, 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. Corporation has decided to introduce Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS) which is expected to be completed by June 2018, he highlighted. 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 fleet, sale of land for strengthening existing fleet. “Under AMRUT 38 buses are being procured during current financial year”, he added. “The Corporation is also exploring possibilities for up-gradation of transportation on 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 collaboration of M/S BPCL that will yield handsome revenue to the Corporation, the Minister said. He said that   two sites of SRTC have been identified for construction of Bus Terminals with latest facilities for the convenience of the General Public through PPP Mode is being explored.

 

Listing employee welfare initiatives, he said that 10% DA has been granted to SRTC employees during the current financial year, Welfare Scheme policy revised for the employees who die in harness and Insurance Cover Policy for employees also introduced. For encouraging its employees in sports activities, JKSRTC has also made an attempt to revive its Football Team with providing them all necessary support from the Corporation.

 

Earlier,   several members including Javid Rana, Rajiv Sharma, Sat Paul Sharma, Krishen Lal, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Kamal Arora, Bashir Ahmad Dar, Choudhary Mohammad Akram, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Asgar Ali Karbalie, Altaf Ahmad Wani, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabar and Raja Manzoor Ahmad participated in the discussion on Demand for Grants of the Transport Department. Later the House passed Grants of Rs 9789.46 lakh for Transport Department with a voice vote.