Jammu, India (Urban Transport News): Railway consultancy firm Rail India Technical and Economic Service Limited (RITES) submitted the final detailed project reports (DPR) of Jammu and Srinagar Metro Rail projects to the Jammu & Kashmir Metropolitan Region Development Authority. The authority sent the same to Central Government for approval/appraisal. “Approval/appraisal of the DPR along with funding for these projects is awaited from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India,” said the Authority.
According to the DPR, the metro rail projects in these twin cities (Srinagar and Jammu) are pegged to cost Rs 10,559 crore and are expected to complete by 2024 once got approval from the concerned bodies.
"The railway consultancy firm RITES has submitted the final detailed project reports for the projects expected to be completed by the end of 2024. Once the projects are completed, Srinagar and Jammu will become the first two non-major cities in the country to have the rapid transport network functional," said officials.
In DPR, a low-cost elevated light rail transit system is proposed to run 17 hours a day round the year in Jammu, whereas in Srinagar it will run 17 hours daily during summers and 14 hours daily for winters. Due to the hilly area, only an elevated light rail system is feasible hence, no underground tunnels will be built.
According to J&K Government officials, Jammu Light Metro Rail will have a 23-kilometer length with 22 stations between Bantalab and Bari Brahmana, whereas Srinagar light rail system will have a 25-kilometre length which includes 12.5-kilometer 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 system will not only facilitate people but also have a positive impact on the economy and the quality of life. The metro coaches will be modern, lightweight and made from stainless steel and aluminum, with an air-conditioning system.