By: Sameer Lone
Srinagar: The important and vital roads of Srinagar city are set to get a major facelift under the Smart City Project.
According to official sources, under the Smart City Project the redevelopment plan is under process for the three major road links within the city which are IG road, Batamaloo to Qamarwari road & Batamaloo to Mominabad Road.
In this regard, a re-development plan meeting was undertaken by CEO Smart City Athar Amir Khan, who is also the Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation. The officers from R&B, SSCL, Planning, engineers from SMC and R&B have been directed to finalise the DPRs.
Official sources told Precious Kashmir that the LG had made clear directions to upgrade and beautify all the roads in Srinagar and take up the roads priority wise.
“It should look like a smart city. Does it look like one, if not, make it the best one,” this is the one liner from the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, an official quoted.
Official sources said that regarding the IG Road, the proposals envisage upgradation of footpaths, rationalisation and shifting of electric lines, beautification of central verge and overall beautification through wall paintings and placement of Art objects have been approved.
Similarly, the Batamaloo-Moominabad Road, is proposed to act as a North Axis for Srinagar with tourist spot Gulmarg and other important places.
“The proposal includes a pedestrian walkway, cycle track and 4 lanes for traffic movement along with Rotary at Batamaloo and a junction at Muminabad with Bye pass road.”
Similarly, the Batamaloo to Qamarwari road, which also connects the main Qamarwari Bus stand to the city center Lal Chowk, has been proposed to be integrated with the upcoming metro line. The road is also set for massive upgradation, coupled with pedestrian walkway, cycle track and beautification of its central verge.