The Kashmir Monitor
In a bid to improve transport facilities the Kashmir Valley, Srinagar has become the first place in Jammu and Kashmir to get a radio taxi service. According to this news report, the service was introduced a couple of days ago, starting with a fleet of 60 air conditioned cabs.
The taxis are available for hire 24 hours a day by calling the radio control room on 0194-2432432. Each vehicle is equipped with a global positioning system (GPS), linked to the control room, as well as electronic billing and card payment systems.
And the fare? 25 rupees per kilometer plus 50 rupees to get the taxi to your location.
It's hoped that the introduction of the taxi service will reduce reliance on auto rickshaws, which commonly overcharge passengers. However, Srinagar's roads are in poor condition and are already struggling to cope with the increasing amount of traffic. Hence, adding to traffic jams is a concern.
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