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SRINAGAR, JUNE 8: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik, has approved the ‘Elevated Corridor Option’ for Srinagar Mass Rapid Transit Corridor, after deeming it to be the “best option” for city’s transportation.

Broadly, the Srinagar Mass Rapid Transit Corridor proposals envisage phase wise development of various corridors connecting the city extremities with each other with many in between boarding and de-boarding stations.

Environmentalists, urban planning experts and prominent civil society leaders of the state view this decision with scepticism, considering the low capacity of the state implementing agencies in developing such largescale projects.

The Rambagh-Jehangir Chowk flyover, which has taken about a decade to complete, is widely as a developmental disaster in Kashmir, impacting the business and economy of Srinagar, particularly its central business district – leading to business and job losses at an unquantifiable scale.

The Srinagar Mass Rapid Transit Corridor proposal has come from the Housing & Urban Development Department (H&UDD), about which experts believe it lacks the necessary technical and operational expertise to run a project of such a scale.

According to official sources, various elevated, underground and integrated corridor proposals were critically analyzed during the presentation in terms of feasibility, suitability and other merits/de-merits besides the finances involved.

After considering various options, the SAC approved the ‘Elevated Corridor Option’ for Srinagar Mass Rapid Transit Corridor, deemed to be the best option, an official statement said. SAC further advised the Housing and Urban Development Department that wherever feasible, the Elevated Corridor shall be at ground level and designed in a manner as would add to the aesthetic value of the surrounding landscape.

The DPRs for both Srinagar and Jammu Mass Rapid Transit Systems will be ready by June, 30, 2019.