Jammu Railway station popularly known as Jammu tawi Railway station, recently got a new makeover with escalators installed, as a part of smart city project.
The work for installation had been going on since past fifteen days. The work had to be stalled in between due to unavailability of crane. Though installation of the paraphernalia caused commotion for some days with passengers finding a tough time in reaching the respective platforms, it will be worth in the end. Firozpur DRM lead the task of technical aspects of installation of the escalator and he was physically preset for all these days to ensure all aspects of security and proper installation.
Though, the first phase is done and dusted with, the escalator is yet to become functional. But, soon the passangers and pilgrims will be able to make use of this facility.
It is pertinent to note here that the proposal for escalator came into picture after an NGO’s PIL seeking hassle-free boarding and lodging for elderly passengers, kids and physically handicapped.
On 23rd November 2016, Jammu high court directed the concerned to set up 8 escalators on respective platforms.
In yet another development, the Jammu and Kashmir government and Dubai Ports Group today inked a pact for a joint venture involving maiden Rs 1,500 crore foreign direct investment for setting up inland logistic hubs in Jammu and Srinagar capital cities.
“An MoU finalised for Joint Venture involving maiden Rs 1,500 crore foreign direct investment. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for setting up inland logistic hubs in Jammu and Srinagar, as a Joint Venture between Dubai Ports and and the Jammu and Kashmir government, was finalised at the delegation level talks between Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem-led DP team and Haseeb Drabu-led state government team,” an official spokesman said.
This is not all, among many initiatives being taken up to ensure Jammu’s Sart city status turns into reality, 100 acres of land would be offered by the state government near Railway Station Samba as equity in the joint venture for setting up the logistics hub in Jammu region and around 100 acres of land would be earmarked near Ompora, Budgam for a similar facility in Kashmir.