Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon today asked the concerned department to take necessary steps to start water transport in Jhelum, Dal, Wullar and other lakes for the benefit of locals as well as tourists.
He was speaking at a meeting to review the modalities for water transport in the valley. Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag, Bandipore, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Pulwama also participated in the meeting via video conferencing.
Dr Samoon said that Kashmir has number of water bodies that can be used for transportation too. “We can use the water transport for cargo transport, passenger transport and sight seeing for tourists,” said Dr Samoon. “This will generate new avenues of employment and help in reducing the rush on road transport system too.”
Dr Samoon said that the a plan is envisaged to start the water transport right from Khanabal to Khadanyar. He directed Srinagar Municipal Corporation to start a cleaning drive on all the 17 ghats in Srinagar. He also directed the concerned Municipal Committees to ensure no littering along Jhelum river.
The Divisional Commissioner ordered to check the feasibility of starting amphibious bus service in Srinagar. The routes discussed at the meeting included Watlab to Bandipora, Baramulla to Sopore, Sumbal to Manasbal and Ganderbal to Qamarwari. The diversion of commuter rush at Panthachowk during peak hours through Jhelum was also discussed.
The meeting was also attended by Vice-Chairman LAWDA, Director Urban Local Bodies and officials of Regional Transport, Traffic police and others.