Smart Cities Projects To Modernize Srinagar At Rapid Pace: Govt

Srinagar- The Jammu and Kashmir government, under the Smart Cities Project aims at employing all resources to develop Srinagar city into world class modern, sustainable and vibrant cities.

Pertinently, Smart Cities Mission was launched by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on June 25, 2015, for the development of 100 Smart Cities across the country. Under the Mission, which is an innovative and new initiative aimed at driving economic growth and improving the quality of life of people, both the capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir were selected by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in the third round of competition held in the month of June 2017.

Recently, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, after launching new smart city projects said that the new projects, once completed will strengthen urban infrastructure, improve city services, public aesthetics and ease of living.

Sinha observed that Srinagar smart city project has been structured with a clear focus on improved urban governance, unlocking of latent creativity and vitality of this historical city. He maintained that his administration is taking effective steps to accelerate the mission for inclusive and sustainable growth in the cities and issued explicit directions to the concerned officials to ensure completion of the projects within the stipulated timelines.

According to official figures, 276 magnificent projects of economic importance have been approved in twin cities to bring remarkable transformation and significantly improve the quality of life of people.

For Srinagar city, the government envisions transforming Srinagar into an eco-friendly, resilient and socio-economically vibrant city that celebrates its natural and cultural heritage creating harmony and opportunities for all under Smart City Mission.

Srinagar Smart City aspires to leverage its natural and cultural heritage, tourism through innovative and inclusive solutions, and enhance the quality of life for its citizens. Besides, EV charging stations, smart street lighting, multi-level parking, sports infrastructure, water transport system in Jhelum River, installation of ornamental LED lighting around Dal-lake, have been started under smart city mission in Srinagar. Development of Pathways along Jhelum River Bund is one of the projects which has been completed in Srinagar, so far.

Other projects which have been completed in Srinagar are Beautification along Jhelum Bund, Revetment and Embankments along River Banks, Improvement of Ghats along Jhelum, Area Illumination along River banks, Pedestrian Walkways and Footpaths, Boardwalks, walkways and cycle tracks, Boardwalks, walkways and cycle tracks, and Upgradation of Historical Markets Phase I at Maharaj Gunj.

Notably, Srinagar Smart City hosted the 5th National Smart Cities Virtual Conclave in November which witnessed discussions and idea-sharing on building smart, resilient and sustainable cities with participants from across the country.

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