In order to de-congest capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar, the government’s recent announcement of introducing light rail transits corridors (LRTS) running from one end of the cities to the other would come as big relief for the people who have been the worst affected from the traffic congestion, increasing fuel bill along with growing pollution day-by-day. The projects could be first as part of Smart City projects as envisaged by the Centre. The Metropolitan Regional Development Authorities (MRDAs) set up for futuristic development of Srinagar and Jammu would provide a speedier and pollution free transit system like any other metro cities of India. Under this project Srinagar and Jammu will have Elevated Mass Rapid Transit. Corridors for LRTS have been finalised covering the first corridor from Bantalab to Greater Kailash covering a distance of 17 km and the second corridor from Udheywala to Exhibition Ground in Jammu covering a distance of six kilometers and for Srinagar the first corridor would cover the distance of 12.5 kms from HMT Junction to Indira Nagar and the second corridor from Osmanabad to Hazuri Bagh covering 12.5 kms. The state government has also introduced e-buses from Jammu to Katra as a pilot project to provide pollution free ride for the commuters. The irony of the whole episode has been the mismatch of infrastructure growth in both the capital cities. A mismatch between road infrastructure and growth of vehicular population is responsible for the recurrent traffic jams in the Srinagar city, an official report reveals. This is for the first time there will be some impetus given to the modern development of infra in sync with the expansion of the cities which to some extent would be able to help in taking the growing burden of population and its needs. Traffic congestion in both the cities have reached a tipping point. Against the rapid growing of vehicle population, there has been marginal growth of the road infrastructure in the decade. The situation has multiplied other related issues like parking space. There is no denial of the fact these cities have growing problems and these problems among others will grow in size and scale unless action is taken now. Though futuristic at this point of time when executed these two mass transit projects would be a big relief for the people who have been agitating for time to time to get a smooth transit system.
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