Jammu: The Administrative Council (AC) which met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor G.C. Murmu approved the proposal of the Housing and Urban Development Department to set up an Elevated Light Rail System in both the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar.
- “For inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth process, an efficient urban transport system including Mass Rapid Transportation System (MRTS) is essential. Keeping this objective in view, Elevated Light Rail Systems have been conceived for Srinagar and Jammu cities to provide “best-in-class” mobility in terms of safe, reliable, convenient, cost effective and sustainable public transport system,” an official statement said.
- It added this will not only facilitate easy and quick movement of people but also have a positive impact on the economy and quality of life in these cities.
- The Light Rail Transit System (LRTS) in Jammu will have one corridor from Bantalab to Bari Brahmana with a total length of 23 kilometres, as per the statement.
- The LRTS in Srinagar will have two corridors, one from Indira Nagar to HMT Junction and the second from Usmanabad to Hazuri Bagh, with a total length of 25 kms.
- It said that the capital cost of the project, at current prices, including land, R&R and taxes is estimated to be Rs 4825 crore for the Jammu LRTS and Rs 5734 crore for the Srinagar LRTS.
- The Department has prepared the final DPRs.
- The Administrative Council authorised the Housing and Urban Development Department to submit the DPRs of the proposals to the Central Government for appraisal and funding including external funding.
- The project is expected to be completed by December, 2024.
- The Administrative Council has also approved in principle the engagement of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for handholding the MRTCs for appraisal and approval of the DPRs by the government and for any possible external funding.