Water taxis to ply on Jhelum in Kashmir

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government will start plying water taxis on Jhelum river from April 15 as a pilot project to explore options of using the water body as an alternate means of transport in the city.

Divisional Commissioner Asgar Hassan Samoon issued the orders at a meeting, yesterday. The meeting reviewed the pace of progress for infrastructure building for the project, a spokesman said.

He said tenders have been invited from water taxi operators and vessel owners desirous of plying mechanically driven 18-seater water taxis for ferrying passengers and tourists.

Twelve sites have been identified for terminals which are being developed. The idea of starting water taxis on the Jhelum was floated last year as a measure to overcome massive traffic jams in the city.