The Jammu and Kashmir government has set a September 2024 deadline to start operations on the Rs 9,590 crore metro projects for twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar, an official spokesperson said. Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu chaired a meeting on Thursday to review the proposed Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) and the Light Rail Projects for Jammu and Srinagar.
- Dheeraj Gupta, principal secretary, Housing and Urban Development department gave a detailed presentation on the Light Rail Projects in Jammu and Srinagar.
- During the meeting, it was informed that the project costing Rs 9,590 crore is expected to commence operations by September 2024, the spokesman said.
- The Light Metro Elevated Corridor in Jammu will connect Bantalab to Bari Brahmana Railway Station (Corridor-1) with a total length of 23 kilometres in phase-1 and Exhibition Ground to Udheywala (Corridor-1) and Exhibition Ground to Satwari Chowk (Corridor-2) in Phase-2.
- The spokesman said, similarly in Srinagar, Indra Nagar to HMT Junction (Corridor-1) and Hazuri Bagh to Osmanabad (Corridor-2) each having a length of 12.5 km and Indra Nagar to Pampore Bus-stand (Corridor-1) Hazuri Bagh to Airport (Corridor-2) will be taken up in Phase-1 and 2, respectively.
- The Lieutenant Governor emphasized on the linkage of Light Metro stations with tourist destinations and places receiving high footfall.
- He directed the officers to prepare a plan for the clearance of Right of Way (RoW), land acquisition and other such matters.
- For successful implementation of the mega project, the LG observed that the planning and development of Mass Rapid Transit should be timed with the growth in travel demand.
- Several important issues including major parameters for selection of MRTS corridors, fare structure of various operational metro rail systems and transportation model also figured in the meeting.
- A video presentation was also given on the proposed MRTS for the cities of Jammu and Srinagar.
- Two MRTCs for both the cities were incorporated in February this year, the official said.
- Gupta said,”It is proposed to have light rail system, the first in India, which will have low footprint, low noise, greater comfort, aesthetic appeal and will blend with the surrounding landscape.”