Nearly 400-km road length being redeveloped in Srinagar

DC Srinagar in this file photo

The Srinagar administration is gearing up for a massive road redevelopment project under which nearly 400 km of road length spread across the district will re-developed.

This was informed in a meeting convened here Saturday under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, who is also Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Srinagar Smart City Limited. The project is being taken up under the Srinagar Smart City project.

The Roads & Buildings Department which is contributing over 50 percent funding towards the project has completed several Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) and is in the process of completing others.

The project is being taken up after an extensive road audit exercise was carried out last year. The findings have guided the DPRs that have been prepared as part of the project.

The project not only include resurfacing of roads but a host of other related aspects ranging from shifting of utilities and widening of roads wherever required to solutions to drainage concerns to installation of road furniture and traffic and other signages and markings. It also includes a component of footpath redevelopment where required.

Several departments are involved in the project and have submitted their recommendations and plans, the aim being to ensure that the project is well-planned and futuristic and covers all aspects to provide long term solutions to roads woes in the district.

The departments concerned have also been asked to explore underground ducting of utilities wherever possible. This will include power infrastructure where possible.

The project is in tendering stage and work is expected to be started soon. The R&B has been asked to coordinate with the Traffic department to come up with a well-thought-our plan which ensures no hurdles are faced as far as traffic movement is concerned.

Choudhary while speaking on the occasion said the project is an extremely important considering the condition of roads and repeated problems faced by the people. He said the aim of the project was to find permanent solutions to roads woes of the district.

He said the manpower involved in the work on the ground will be equipped with all requisites as far as precautions in view of the prevailing health situation are concerned, adding the R&B department is being provided all requisite protective gear and items for each official and worker who will be involved in the work.

Chief Engineer R&B, Kashmir Sami Arif and senior officers from all departments concerned attended the meeting. Chief Planning Officer, M Yaseen Lone, who is also Joint Director Planning, Srinagar was also present.