Soon, Jammu Kashmir citizens will be able to enjoy metro services in Srinagar and Jammu! In order to address the developmental challenges, Srinagar and Jammu cities, the state government on recently announced setting up of two metropolitan region development authorities.
As per government officials, under the Jammu and Kashmir metropolitan region development authorities Act 2018, two umbrella authorities namely Jammu Metropolitan region development authority and Srinagar metropolitan region development authority, have been established.
As per several media reports, Srinagar and Jammu, the two capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir, will get metro trains within the next four years. The Jammu and Kashmir government announced earlier this week that the work for the light rail system metro, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to begin soon.
Take a look at salient features of the metro rail project in J&K:
1. The estimated cost of the first phase of the metro for two cities is pegged at Rs 8500 crore. J&K Governor’s administration has approved the elevated corridor option for two light rail transit systems. M/s RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services) is in the process finalizing the DPRs for the project.
2. As per the metro plan, Indra Nagar and Osmanabad in Bemina to Hazuri Bagh will be connected with metro rail in the first phase of the project. This will cover a distance of 25 Km. The corridor will have 24 stations in total.
3. In Phase II, the metro train will connect Indra Nagar to Pampore Bus stand and Hazuri Bagh to Srinagar airport covering a distance of 17.5 Kms. This corridor will have 14 stations.
4. In Jammu city, the metro in the first phase will be from Bantalab to Greater Kailash and Udheywala to exhibition ground. The second phase metro train will run from Greater Kailash to Bari Brahamana railway station and Exhibition Ground to Satwari Chowk to Jammu airport. This corridor will be 20.5 Km long with 17 stations.
5. As per officials, light railway system, the first in India, will have a low footprint, low noise, greater comfort, aesthetic appeal and blend with the surrounding landscape.