The much-discussed project, according to officials familiar with the development project, would cost Rs 4892 crore and has already been approved by the authorities.
The planned metrolite project for Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar would take at least four years for implementation at a cost of around Rs 5000 crore.
As per officials, privy with the developmental project, the much-discussed project will cost Rs 4892 crore and has already been authorized by the authorities.
Metrolite project’s revised report sent to the Centre
The proposed metrolite’s amended full project report has been submitted by the J&K Government to the Central government earlier this year.
Sources state that the project is being keenly looked into by the Centre and an announcement in this regard is expected by Urban Development Ministry.
Srinagar metrolite project to have two corridors
Interestingly, the project’s initial phase, which would include two corridors, will involve 24 stops or stations.
The first corridor would go from Indira Nagar to HMT and will be 12.5 kilometres long. The second corridor, which would be the same length as the first, will run from Hazuribagh to Osmanabad. Both these corridors will have 12 stations each.
The project requires around 500 kanals of land
Given the mega project’s land requirement, it will need the acquisition of around 491 kanals of land. Of that requirement, 12.76 hectares are state land, 11.85 hectares are private land, and 0.24 hectares is property owned by the Central government.
Last year, the project’s Detailed Project Report (DPR) was submitted to the Centre for assessment and finance, soon after the approval by the UT’s Administrative Council led by then-Lieutenant Governor G.C. Murmu in February 2020.
However, the present Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha stated in the last week of August this year that the UT administration was seeking approval from the Union Cabinet for the project.
He made a statement, saying that the UT administration had submitted the proposal for the metro rail while the Housing and Urban Development Ministry had issued the cabinet note in this respect.