Smart City: Work on redevelopment of major city roads begins in Srinagar
12 roads with an aggregate of 70 kilometres of road length being upgraded at an estimated cost of Rs 110 crore
SRINAGAR : The work on the Rs 110-crore roads redevelopment project in Srinagar has started with blacktopping of a dozen major city roads identified under the project approved under the Smart City project.
Besides macadamisation and blacktopping of roads the project includes several other components including construction or upgrading of footpaths and cross drainage and setting up of street furniture. It also includes construction of surface drains and installation of road signages, an official spokesman said in a statement issued here today.
The roads approved for redevelopment in the first phase and where blacktopping has started under the project include Syed Meerak Shah Road from Dalgate Junction to Zakoora Crossing, Nowhatta-Malkha Road including Khwaja Bazar, Moulana Azad Bridge to Budshah Bridge, Budshah Bridge to Fire Services, KZP and Western Foreshore Road, Karan Nagar to Nawa Kadal, Tankipora to Basant Bagh, Jehangir Chowk to SKIMS, Daresh Kadal to Qamarwari (Nalla Mar Road), Kohnikan-Babarshah-Khayam Road, Safakadal Road and Kanikadal to Karfali Mohala, said the statement.
Together these add up to a road length of around 70 kilometres. The funding for the project includes a Rs 45-crore component under smart city mission and a Rs 65-crore component under convergence.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who is also the CEO Srinagar Smart City Limited said the upgrading of roads in Srinagar has been long overdue adding that the project is aimed at addressing the issues faced along these important roads in the city.
He said more of such projects are under consideration of the government adding that the administration is keen on improving the overall road scenario in the district.
Meanwhile the Public Works Department is macadamising roads across Srinagar. Of the targeted 328 kilometres of road length to be blacktopped this current fiscal around 212 kilometres of road length stand blacktopped up to September 20.
The remaining 35 percent of the road length targeted for blacktopping in the current fiscal will be completed before October 10.