Metro Rail to chug in Kashmir soon as DPR ready

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Jammu: After Jammu, it’s good news for the Kashmir region as in the coming years —the ‘Metro Rail’ will chug through the mountains for which the Detailed Project Report is also prepared and forwarded to the Central government for final approval.

Official sources in the administration said that Metro Trains will soon be seen running in the Kashmir valley and the DPR is prepared.

“The work on these two ambitious Metro projects of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will begin soon as the approval has been received from the Central Government,” sources added.

The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor on several occasions has said that Metro will start operating in Jammu—the winter capital—of the Union Territory, by 2023 ending.

Sources added that the Metro rail projects for Jammu and Kashmir will cost around Rs 10,560 crores.

“The detailed project report (DPR) for metro rail projects in Jammu and Srinagar by RITES Limited has been sent to the Central Government for approval and according to estimates, the projects will cost around Rs 10,560 crores,” they said.

The deadline fixed for the completion of both the projects is by the end of 2024 they added and said that as per the DPR prepared, the light metro transit system in Jammu and Srinagar will be metro light.

“The Metro Light System coaches will be equipped with modern, light and air-conditioned systems,” they revealed further adding that the Light Metro in Jammu will have a working capacity of 17 hours a day while the Srinagar Light Metro will operate for 17 hours a day during summer and 14 hours in winter.

An official associated with the project, said that the metro rail lines will have elevated corridors while the coaches of Metro Light System will be equipped with modern, light and air-conditioned systems.

“The special feature is that it will be made using stainless steel and aluminum metals,” said the official.

The track of Jammu Light Rail System will be 23 km long and total 22 stations will be established between Bantalab and Bari Brahmana for Jammu Metro Project while in Kashmir, Light Rail System, the total length of track will be 25 km and it will cover a length of 12.5 km from Indira Nagar to HMT Junction while another junction of 12.5 km will start from Hazuri Bagh to Usmanabad.

A total of 24 stations will be set up between this distance.

“Once these projects are commenced, the economy of Jammu and Kashmir will surely strengthen and it will change the life of the people in twin regions of the Union Territory,” he asserted.


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