The State Govt. has begun to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Jammu Metro. However, because of unfavourable weather conditions in Srinagar for past few months, a Preliminary Project Report has not been able to be completed yet.
The Japanese Govt. is providing the load for this major project undertaken under the banner of Japan India Special ODA Loan for Metro and Railway Projects in India. Upon the directives of the Centre, the J&K Govt. has accounted the Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) as the nodal agency for the development of this ambitious project.
According to the plan, a Metro Railway Line of length 45 Km in Srinagar and 30 Km in Jammu shall be laid down. In Jammu, the line shall originate at Ambphalla Chowk, passing through Vikram Chowk, Gandhinagar, Satwari and terminate at Bari Brahmana. And another line that will connect Bakshi Nagar and Purmandal Chowk will make stops at BC road, Bagh-e-Bahu and Trikuta Nagar. Similarly in Srinagar, one line will begin at Nogam Railway Station and reach SKIMS making stops at Baagi Mehtaav, Rambagh, Jawahar Colony, Civil Secretariat, Barburshah, Nohatta, Hawal and Aalmagdi Bazar. And another line will connect Pancha Chowk to Shaalteng via Lasjan, Badami Bagh, Lal Chowk, Civil Secretariat, Tattoo Ground and Bemina.
RITES Limited, an engineering consultancy company, specializing in the field of transport infrastructure established in 1974 by the Government of India reached an agreement with the State Govt. To acquire the loan from the Japanese, a PPR had to be prepared and sent alongwith the Loan form as a prerequisite. RITES Limited has almost drafted the PPR and begun to prepare the DPR for Jammu Metro. After this, in the coming fortnight, DPR preparation for Srinagar Metro will also be initiated. After the submission of the DPR, the Japanese Govt. can allow to release the Loan for development of the project.