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The Jammu and Kashmir government has set a September 2024 deadline to start operations on the ₹9,590 crore metro project for twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar, an official spokesperson said on Friday.
Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu chaired a meeting here on Thursday evening 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 ₹9,590 crores is expected to commence operations by September 2024, the spokesman said.
It was also informed that the Light Metro Elevated Corridor in Jammu will connect Bantalab to Bari Brahmana Railway Station (Corridor-1) with a total length of 23 kilometers in phase-I and Exhibition Ground to Udheywala (Corridor-1) and Exhibition Ground to Satwari Chowk (Corridor-2) in Phase-II, he 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-I and II, respectively, the spokesman said.
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 the 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.
On the current scenario of urban transport, it was informed that the average daily trips in Jammu and Srinagar, catered by public and intermediate public transport, is 12 lakh (68 percent) and 21 lakh (88 percent), respectively.
This article first appeared on www.metrorailnews.in
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