SRINAGAR: Work is being fast-tracked on cycle track, smart vending zones, VMDs, parking lots among other hosts of new works started under Smart City project in Srinagar.
Chief Executive Officer, Srinagar Smart City Limited, (Deputy Commissioner Srinagar) Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, visited various work sites along with engineers from line departments to inspect progress. It is notable that most of these works involve shifting of utilities for their establishment.
Speaking during the visit, the CEO said the 5-kilometre-long cycle track has been started on the North-South corridor from Elahibagh junction to Soura junction in Phase-I. He also said that the track is being further expanded to provide more space for cycling in city.
During the inspection, he directed for early shifting of utilities which include power supply lines including 11KV network, water supply network and some departmental assets.
It was informed that the cycle track has been designed as per IRC specifications and MORTH guidelines. Also including a pedestrian pathway alongside it, the cycle track is being developed with a width of 2.5 meters along with a 1-meter-wide footpath. It was also informed that planning has been initiated for another cycle track on similar lines.
The CEO also inspected the work started on a Smart Vending Zone which has been designed for 250 smart carts and will also have parking space, ATMs, street food kiosks, reverse vending machines, ATMs, water-ATMs, apart from Digital Variable Message Display units.
These zones are being established with an aim to provide better experience to customers, multiple services and commodities at one place and decongestion of city roads by shifting the vendors. It is also aimed at smart solutions for vending and other related services.
The ongoing works under Smart City also include a parking site being developed over 16,000 square feet under near Residency Road. The CEO while inspecting it asked for completion of the parking by the end of September, stressing that it will be a boon for customers visiting the congested Central Business District area.
Dr Shahid also inspected the sites for installation of 10 Variable Message Displays in the city, which will provide real-time information about various aspects apart from advertisement and public communication.
During the visit, the CEO also visited the site of Jahangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover and discussed its beautification as part of the larger city beautification in Srinagar under Smart City. He directed for sustained plantation drive along road medians in uncovered areas, instructing for involving resident welfare associations and institutions.
JD Planning, Superintending Engineer PWD, ExEn KPDCL, ExEn Jal Shakti Department, SPV Coordinator, ExEn SSCL among others accompanied the CEO during the visit. SP Traffic and consultants who were also present suggested several notable measures during the visit.