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Metro project moving slower than traffic in twin capitals of JK

Firdous Hassan

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Srinagar, Jun 22: The one and a half year-old proposal to provide the twin capitals of the state with metro trains has seen no headway.

Under the Mass Rapid Transport, the cities of Jammu and Srinagar were to get the metro train services at a tentative capital cost of Rs 15,881 crore.

 

While Detailed Project Report (DPR) was prepared and preliminary studies conducted by a firm engaged by the government last year, the project seems to be going nowhere.

As per the official sources, in August last year the firm submitted its Draft Plan to the Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) for 30 kilometre-route and 45-kilometre route in Jammu and Srinagar, respectively.

“However, no further step was taken in this regard,” a source said.

They said no formal approval has been given to the nodal agency for staring the project.

“After the submission of the Draft Plan by the firm, there was a need to conduct more studies under new Metro Policy of Government of India-2017. But no approval has come from the government to the nodal agency yet.”

Chief Executing Officer ERA, Farooq Ahmad Lone, said the project needed a few more studies before execution.

“We have asked the firm to conduct another survey, after which the project may be executed,” he said.

The proposed routes for Mass Rapid Transport System in winter capital are Bantalab to Bus Stand with 7 stations, Nagbani to Bus Stand with 4 stations and Bari Brahmana to Bus Stand with 7 stations.

In Srinagar city, the tentative routes suggested in the City Mobility Plan are from Nowgam Railway Station to SKIMS via Bagh-e-Mehtab, Rambagh, Jawahar Nagar, Secretariat, Barbarshah, Nowhatta, Hawal, Alamgari Bazar and Pantha Chowk to Shalteng via Lasjan, Badami Bagh, Lal Chowk, Civil Secretariat, Tatoo Ground and Bemina.

Metro Rail is an efficient public transport in terms of energy consumption which runs 15 meters below the ground or 15 meters upper the ground at a speed of 34 kilometres per hour with 20 seconds stoppage at each station.

The service is seen as an alternative to combat the traffic mess due to congested roads within both the cities of the state.


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After Noori, Kashmir scientists planning to clone Hangul

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Srinagar, Apr 25: After successfully cloning Pashmina goat in 2012, the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry at SKUAST-K is now contemplating to make clone of Kashmir Stag (Hangul).

Realising that the Hangul was gradually getting extinct from the valley, the scientists at Department of Biotechnology SKUAST-K Shuhama came up with this idea.

“This project is in infancy as we require permission from Wild Life department, local government and Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA),” said Dr Riyaz Ahmad Shah, a veterinarian in the animal biotechnology center of SKUAST.

 

Shah said the execution of the project would require heavy funding and creation of the advanced infrastructure in the research centre.

“First of all a Deer park in needed where there these animals must have been already reared. Then advanced infrastructure is need as we currently have some basic machinery here. So overall this project can be only executed when the government is serious in accomplishing it,” he said.

He said the cloning could be achieved by using the body cells of some other inter-species including a goat or a sheep.

While the initial work including the framing of paper has been done, Shah said the tracing and catching this rare animal was becoming equally challenging for the concerned department.

“They usually die on being caught by the people. Still it could be managed but they are not being currently traced in abundance in the forests here,” he said.

 Shah believed that cloning of the deer can be an equally effective process like breeding procedure done to improve their population.

Official data reveals that population of Hangul has reduced to from 5,000 to 182 in last 118 years.

Department of Wildlife’s data shows the population of Kashmiri Hangul in 1900 was 5,000, spread over 65 miles from north to east of the Jhelum and lower Chenab valley.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is also all set to declare it a ‘critically endangered’ species to protect this beautiful animal from disappearing from earth.

In 2012, scientists at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) successfully cloned the first Pashmina goat. The healthy female goat was born using a foster mother and it took two years for standardisation of the technique.

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Assembly polls in JK: EC to convene meeting today

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New Delhi, Apr 25: Election Commission of India (ECI) officials will meet on Friday to discuss assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Officials of the Jammu and Kashmir government are also expected to attend the meeting to assess whether the state assembly elections can be conducted in June this year.

While announcing the seven-phase Lok Sabha election schedule on March 10, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora had said that elections for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly would not be conducted along with the Lok Sabha elections. In June 2018, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had withdrawn support to the PDP, led by Mehbooba Mufti in the 87-member state assembly.

 

Since the fallout of the coalition government, the state has been under President’s rule.

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IT Dept searches premises of kin of ex-minister

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Srinagar, Apr 25: The Income Tax Department Thursday carried out searches at two premises of a kin of Imran Reza Ansari, a former minister in the PDP-BJP coalition, for alleged tax evasion, officials said here.

They said the income tax officials, assisted by the Jammu and Kashmir police and the CRPF, carried out the searches at a business complex in the upmarket Karan Nagar where locations of North Point Complex were searched by the tax personnel.

Later, a team was sent to search another premises of the family at Alamgiri Bazar in the downtown Srinagar.

 

The income tax officials maintained that Thursday’s raids were carried out on a business family and were in no way connected to Ansari, a politician who switched over to People’s Conference led by Sajad Lone.

Ansari’s sister is married to the family whose premises have been raided.

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