LG approves elevated light rail system in Srinagar, Jammu
Jammu, Feb 6: 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 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.
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 kilometers. The LRTS in Srinagar will have
two corridors, one from Indira Nagar to HMT Junction and second from Usmanabad
to Hazuri Bagh, with a total length of 25 kilometers. The capital cost of the
project, at current prices, including land, R&R and taxes is estimated to
be Rs 4825 crore for Jammu LRTS and Rs 5734 crore for Srinagar LRTS.
The Housing and
Urban Development Department has prepared the final DPRs. The Administrative
Council authorized the Housing and Urban Development Department to submit the
DPRs of the proposals to Government of India, for appraisal and funding including
external funding. The project has a completion time of four years and is
expected to be completed by December, 2024. The expected ridership of this
light rail has been estimated to be 2-2.6 lakh by 2024 which is expected to
increase upto 5.42 lakh by 2044 in each city.
The Housing &
Urban Development Department will notify the State/Government lands within 500
meters on either side of the corridor and reserve the same for development
Administrative Council has also approved in principle the engagement of DMRC
for handholding the MRTCs for appraisal and approval of the DPRs by Government
of India and for any possible external funding.