Jammu awaits funding for Metrolite systems for Jammu and Srinagar cities

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Srinagar, India (Metro Rail Today):  Jammu and Kashmir government has submitted the revised Detailed Project Report (DPR) of metro lite rail for Srinagar and Jammu cities to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA). The report is summited for the approval and funding purposes. 

"The earlier DPR of the project was approved by the J&K government and referred to GoI for appraisal and funding. However MOHUA asked the J&K government to rework on the project and suggested some inputs which were to be incorporated in the revised DPR" says officials 

The railway consultancy firm Rail India Technical and Economic Service Limited (RITES) submitted a revised detailed project for Rs 9846 crore metrolite rail for Srinagar and Jammu before MOHUA.

An official document reads,

The revised DPR was submitted in July, where after it was again posed to MOHUA for approval and funding. The process of inter-ministerial consultation and PIB approval will take about 3 months while the construction period is 54 months. The elevated metrolite proposed for Srinagar is 25 km at Rs 5733 crore and for Jammu is 23 km at Rs 4113 crore. The cities will be provided the ‘best in class” mobility in terms of safe, reliable, convenient and sustainable public transport.

According to the DPR, the metro rail projects in these twin cities Srinagar and Jammu are likely to cost over Rs 9000 crore. The project is expected to complete by 2024 once approved by the concerned bodies.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said,
J&K administration was awaiting the union cabinet’s nod for the project. We have submitted the proposal for the metro rail, and the Housing and Urban Development Ministry has circulated the cabinet note in this regard. Once all the departments comment on it, it will be sent to the PMO and the cabinet will approve it. After it is approved, we will start the tendering process. 

Jammu Light Metro Rail will have a 23 km length with 22 stations between Bantalab and Bari Brahmana. Srinagar light rail system will have a 25 Km length which includes 12.5 Km length from Indira Nagar to HMT junction and 12.5 Km length from Hazuri Bagh to Osmanabad with 24 stations. There will be 12 stations on each corridor.

“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,”  officials said

The metro coaches will be modern, lightweight and made from stainless steel and aluminum, with an air-conditioning system.

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