Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today chaired a high level meeting to discuss the Preliminary Project Report (PPR) of Srinagar Metro Train (Mass Rapid Transport Systems) project for Srinagar City, to reduce the congestion of traffic in the summer capital.
Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar & Commissioner SMC, Chief Engineers of R&B, PDD, PHE, I&FC, Director ERA, CEO ERA, VC SDA, General Manager SRTC, Chief Controller Northern Railway, Chief Town Planner, SSP Traffic, representatives of M/s Rites Limited and other concerned officials attended the meeting.
On the occasion, the Div Com was informed that the said project has been allotted to M/S Rites Limited for preparation of DPR which is registered in Union Ministry of Railways and ERA has been nominated nodal agency of the implementation of the project.
During the meeting, the representatives of M/s RITES Limited gave a detailed brief about the Preliminary Project Report (PPR) through a power-point presentation. The meeting was informed that the Metro Rail is a most efficient public transport in terms of energy consumption which runs 15 meters below the ground or 15 meters upper the ground at a speed of 34 kilometers per hour with 20 seconds stoppage at each station. They also highlighted the benefits of adapting Metro.
The meeting was informed that the tentative capital cost of the project is Rs 15881 crore and a detailed survey will be conducted from April 01, 2017and RITES agency will submit the complete Draft DPR by September 2017 to the State Government. The representatives of M/s RITES Limited further informed that in the DPR they have mentioned three Corridors for the Srinagar Metro Project.
In first Corridor, the service will be from HMT Junction to Panthachowk Bus Stand via Qamarwari, Batamaloo Bus Stand, Lal Chowk, Sonawar and Badamibagh. While the second corridor will be from Osmanabad (Pandach) to Srinagar Airport via Soura, Alamgiri Bazar, Jamia Masjid, Khanyar, Lal Chowk, Jawahar Nagar, Rambagh and Hyderpora. From HMT to Patha Chowk via State Motor Garages Bemina, Gulberg Colony and Hyderpora is the Third Corridor of the Metro Train Project and all corridors have total length of 58 Kms.
On the occasion, the Divisional Commissioner directed the Rites Agency that to extend the corridor first upto Pampore and Corridor third up to Budgam instead of Panthachowk. He also directed the ERA Agency to collect all details from Srinagar Master Plan and Smart City Project.
The Div Com asked the ERA & RITES to work with close coordination with PHE, PDD, I&FC, SMC, SDA, traffic, LAWDA and all concerned agencies. And collect all secondary data from these departments within one month.