Metro network proposed for Srinagar city

Srinagar: Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) on Monday proposed a two-line metro for greater Srinagar in order to overcome mounting traffic congestion in the city. One of the proposed lines would span from Gallandar in South to Narbal in North and the other line would span from Nowgam railway station to Ganderbal.

The proposal has been prepared in order to give metro connectivity to Srinagar as well as adjoining areas.

In a meeting here, SDA proposed a network of light metro and mini metro besides suggesting a network of new roads, flyovers, grade-separators, and subways for Srinagar.

The meeting was informed that out of the two proposed Metro lines, the one originating from Gallandar, the take-off point of the new expressway, after passing through Pampore, Sumarbugh, Panthachowk, Sonawar, Dalgate, Lal Chowk, Jehangir Chowk, Batamaloo, Bemina, JVC, Parimpora, Zainakote, Lawaypora, would end at Narbal Crossing.

The second Metro line would operate from Nowgam Railway Station and after moving over to Bagh-e-Mehtab would pass through Chanapora, Natipora, Rambagh, Mehjoor Nagar, Jawahar Nagar, LD Hospital, Jehangir Chowk, Barbarshah,  Baba Demb, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Hawal, Alamgari Bazaar, Bagh-e-Ali Mardan Khan, Nowshehra, SKIMS, Soura-Buchpora, Pandach and culminate at Ganderbal.

However, Jehangir Chowk would form the junction of the two Metro lines which would provide reliable connectivity to the core area of the city.

The meeting was informed that besides delineating a transportation plan, the Srinagar Master Plan has earmarked dedicated hubs for various specialized activities including education, information technology, industry, agro activities, tourism, handicrafts and health care.

The meeting was informed that before being put in the public domain, Chief Minister Mr Omar Abdullah would take a thorough review of the draft Master Plan. Pertinently, the Technical Committee has already put forth its suggestions on the Master Plan, which already stand incorporated in the draft Land Use Plan.