9 districts included in SMR, work on LRT systems for Sgr, Jmu to begin soon

9 districts included in SMR, work on LRT systems for Sgr, Jmu to begin soon

Srinagar, Jul 4: Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday said that nine districts have been included in Srinagar Metropolitan Region (SMR) while the work on Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems for the two capital cities of the state will start soon.
Meanwhile, five districts have been included in Jammu Metropolitan Region (JMR). “Srinagar Metropolitan Region Development Authority and Jammu Metropolitan Region Development Authority have been constituted to provide an integrative framework for the purpose of planned development of these regions,” Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary to the Government, Housing and Urban Development Department and state government spokesperson Rohit Kansal told reporters during a press conference here on Thursday.
They said these authorities are expected to serve the purposes of cooperation, besides supervising the proper, orderly and rapid development of the areas in these regions and executing plans, projects, and schemes for such development and also raise resources for mega projects.
“The authorities, will prepare an ‘Infrastructure Development Plan’ which will be the guide for annual investments in creating infrastructure in the next few years. The thrust of the annual plan will be to reduce the deficit on infrastructure – roads, water supply, sewerage, storm water drainage, public transportation, including LRT systems, e-buses and other amenities,” they said.
They said beside infrastructure, these authorities through a consultative exercise with police, Municipal Corporations and Deputy Commissioners will formulate a Comprehensive Mobility Management Plan, for managing mobility in the region.
“These authorities will also prepare a Sustainable Management Plan for sustainable management of the urban environment such as increasing the area under green cover, water conservation, waste –water treatment, water recycling, rainwater harvesting, adopting of renewable sources of energy, provision of open spaces and city parks,” they said.
They said the State Administrative Council on Wednesday approved the areas to be included in the SMR and JMR. “These areas for these Metropolitan Region Development Authorities have been selected on the principles of regional planning and development,” they said.
They said the SMR will cover Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian districts covering an area of 2494.65 square kms.
Similarly, they said JMR will include districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Reasi and Udhampur, covering an area of 2216.58 square kms.
They said these authorities will also develop Satellite Townships in Greater Jammu and Greater Srinagar, adding IT parks will also be developed in these townships.
They said the work on building elevated light rail transit systems for Srinagar and Jammu cities would start soon and that the project will be completed in four-five years.
“In phase one of the elevated light rail transit system in Srinagar two corridors will be laid from HMT junction to Indra Nagar and Osmanabad to Hazuribagh,” they said, adding in phase two, two corridors will be laid from Indra Nagar to Pampore Bus Stand and Hazuribagh to airport.
They said Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) will complete the detailed project reports (DPRs) in next 15-20 days. “After the DPRs, we need to have certain approvals from the state govt and the GoI. The work would be completed in four-five years,” they said.
They said total cost of light rail system which they are planning to introduce in two cities (Srinagar and Jammu) is around Rs 8500 crores.