“Approval/appraisal of the DPR along with funding for these projects is awaited from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India,” as reported by Greater Kashmir.
The cost of metro rail projects for Jammu and Kashmir will be INR 10,559 Crores and both projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2024. On completion, Srinagar and Jammu will become the first two non-major cities in the country to have the rapid transport network functional.
Both Jammu and Srinagar will have light metro transit systems (Metrolite) as per the proposal. Jammu Light Metro will operate 17 hours a day round the year while Srinagar Light Metro will operate 17 hours daily during summers and 14 hours daily for winters.
As per the officials, “The metro rail lines will have only elevated corridors as the underground tunnels were not found feasible.”
The coaches of the Metrolite system will be modern, lightweight and made from stainless steel and aluminium with an air-conditioning system, as per the DPRs.
The Jammu Light Rail System will have a 23-kilometre length with 22 stations between Bantalab and Bari Brahmana whereas Srinagar light rail system will have a 25-kilometre length which includes 12.5-kilometre length from Indira Nagar to HMT Junction and 12.5-kilometer length from Hazuri Bagh to Osmanabad with 24 stations (12 stations on each corridor).
The elevated metro rail system will not only facilitate the people but also have a positive impact on the economy and quality of life. Both projects will be cost-effective and a leap towards sustainable public transport.