Jammu and Kashmir’s first metro project will be in Srinagar and work on it is scheduled to begin in 2020. The DPR (Detailed Project Report) for the metro has already been completed and it is expected to be a vital transportation lifeline once made operational. The entire railway stretch in the first phase would be 25 kilometer-long and has been divided into two corridors. The two corridors will have 12 stations with each train running here having three bogies. Each bogey will be large enough to carry 250 passengers.
Jammu and Kashmir’s first metro project will be entirely elevated and will make use of both token as well as smart card systems. The services will be for 17 hours daily in the summer months while it would be 14 hours each day during the winter. Mini feeder buses will also be made available outside every station.
The route in the first corridor would be: HMT Junction- Parimpora- Bus Stand- Qamarwari- Gazarzoo- Rathpora- Batmaloo- Secretariat- Lal Chowk- Munshi Bagh- Sonwar- Indiranagar. The route in the second corridor would be: Osmanabad- Hazratbal Crossing- Soura- Skims- Nalbal Bridge- Mill Stop- Hawal Chowk- Jama Masjid- Khaniyar- Nowpora- Munshi Bagh- Hazoori Bagh. It is expected that the population in Srinagar could cross 37.50 lakh by 2044 and this could also result in congested roads. The Metro, therefore, could be a massive boon.