J&K to submit revised DPR of metro-rail projects to Centre

By: Faizan Wani

Srinagar: The administration of Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory will be submitting revised detailed project report (DPRs) of metro-rail projects for Srinagar and Jammu cities to the Government of India for appraisal and funding.

Documents accessed reveal that Rail India Technical and Economic Service Limited, would be submitting the revised DPR to J&K administration which will, in turn, re-submit it to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) for funding.

As already reported, the DPR was submitted to the Centre last year for appraisal and funding after the administrative council headed by then LG G.C.Murmu approved it in February last year.

According to the documents, details of the costing were discussed and re-worked based on the inputs given by/ discussion with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Institute of Urban Transport.

The documents also reveal that the process of inter-ministerial consultation/Public Investment Board (PIB) approval will take about 3 months.

The elevated metrolite has been proposed for Srinagar (25 km; Rs 5733 crore) and Jammu ( 23 km; Rs 4113 crore).

The light rail transit system in Jammu will have its one corridor from Bantalab to Bari Brahmana with an entire length of 23 kilometres whereas in Srinagar it will have two corridors, the first one is from Indira Nagar to HMT Junction and the second is from Usmanabad to Hazuri Bagh, with an entire length of 25 kilometres.

The elevated light rail systems were conceived for both the cities to facilitate easy and quick movement of people in both the capitals. (KNO)

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