Srinagar metro: all about stations, corridors and security system
Srinagar: Frequent traffic jams and long journeys will soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the much anticipated Srinagar Metrolite.
The rail metro will finally arrive in Srinagar from 2025. The administration of Jammu and Kashmir has finally set the deadline for the completion of the long-awaited Metrolite project in Srinagar.
“All phases of the project will be completed in four years,” says an official document.
The Metrolite project, which is carried out by RITES Ltd. will cost around Rs 4892 crore.
The UT administration was awaiting Union Cabinet approval for the project. The DPR was submitted to the Center for evaluation and funding last year following the approval in February 2020 of a board of directors led by the LG GC Murmu.
Srinagar Mass Rapid Transit Corporation and Srinagar Smart City will also take care of various aspects of the Metrolite project in order to avoid its overlap with automobile traffic. âThe project involves various technicalities that must be neglected. From environmental aspects to safety, the project must be free from all defects, âsaid an official.
25 stations and two lanes
According to the document, the first phase of the project will have two corridors and 24 stations.
The first 12.5 kilometer corridor will be from Indira Nagar to HMT. âThe second lane of equal length will be from Hazuribagh to Osmanabad. The two corridors will have 12 stations each, âsays the document.
The document stated that approximately 491 earth channels would be procured for the project. Including 12.76 hectares of state land, 11.85 hectares of private land and 0.24 hectares of central government land.
The alignment of the Metrolite is done mainly through the roads and at the time of the construction of the pier, the barricade will be 8 meters down the road. “After construction, the width of the viaduct will be 7 meters and the diameter of the pier will be 2.20 meters after construction,” the document said.
See knife cutters and bulletproof shields
Given the situation in the city, the document says all security concerns have been addressed.
âThere will be security installations along the metro route. General safety measures regarding Metrolite have been taken into account, âthe document said.
The document says the Metrolite will be fitted with a sight glass and bulletproof shield “to make it a safe place for passengers.”
âThere will be the use of sight cutters and bulletproof shields in areas with a security facility. It has been clarified by RITES that inclusion will be made at the detailed design stage during implementation, âhe said.
Integration with existing transport services
According to the document, the project will have full multimodal integration (MMI) with existing transport services in the city such as buses, railway and water transport.
“As part of the MMI, the Metrolite system has been integrated with all major passenger modes and nodes, including proposed NMT (pedestrian, bike share) fares and physical and operational information integration,” did he declare.
âBus services are already integrated with Metrolite. There will be a Metrolite station near the bus station and in the case of the station there will be power connectivity like phase 1 buses from the Metrolite station to the station as well as to the airport â, adds the document.
Earlier this month, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir PK Pole chaired a meeting to deliberate on the whole idea of ââthe Metrolite project, its alignment, land acquisition, system parameters, alternative routes for the traffic, stability depots, moving utilities, multi-model system links, and the integration of a bus station, bicycle station and rickshaw station next to improvement of trails.
Respite for passengers
Locals hailed the administration’s decision to start metro service over the next four years.
âThe metro rail service needs an hour. People suffer from overload and frequent stops of minibuses. The traffic jams have also suffocated our entire traffic system for which the metro service is a good solution, âsaid Muneer Ahmad, a student.
It will also help tourists. âTourists sometimes want to explore the city, but find it difficult to find affordable transport. Metrolite will be a good option for them, âsaid Umar Ahmad, a travel agent.