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Govt committed to urban renewal that mirrors aspirations of J&K: LG

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Dedicates urban transformation projects of Srinagar to public

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Saturday dedicated key urban transformation projects to the public. These projects worth Rs 40.34 crore were executed by Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Srinagar Smart City Limited, an official press release informed.

While speaking on the occasion, the LG reaffirmed that the government is committed to urban renewal that mirrors the aspirations of J&K UT.

According to the press release, the LG said that multiple projects inaugurated under AMRUT and Srinagar Smart City will encourage socio-economic growth, and bring employment and utilities closer to the residents.

The projects which were inaugurated include multi-level car parking at old SMG Lal Chowk; dewatering station and drainage scheme at Indra Nagar; Highway Park-Green Space and fountain at Bemina, built at the cost of Rs 26.91 crore, Rs 9.83 crore, and Rs 3.60 crore respectively.

During the inauguration of new multi-level car parking at old SMG Lal Chowk, the officials informed that the multi-level parking is having ground plus three floors for 500 cars and 150 two-wheelers.

The new dewatering station and drainage scheme built above the highest flood level of 2014 equipped with submersible pumps and other electro-mechanic equipment, and creation of underground drainage network at Indra Nagar will provide solutions to the problem of water stagnation and flooding of streets in the area, the press release said.

It said the project will reduce the damages caused to the roads due to water logging during monsoons and rainfalls.

Informing about the features and advantages of the Highway Park, Green Space, and fountain at Bemina, the officials said that the development of the park and fountain will provide recreation space for residents, benefiting about 1,00,000 population.

Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor Srinagar; Parvaiz Ahmad Qadri, Deputy Mayor SMC; Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary to the Government, H&UDD; Pandurang K. Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir; Mohammad Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar; Athar Aamir Khan, Commissioner, SMC and CEO SSCL; Sandeep Choudhary, SSP Srinagar, besides senior officers of the UT administration were present on the occasion.

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