x

Like our Facebook Page

   
Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
 
Breaking News :   China a bigger enemy than Pakistan | Govt schools in city become 'leisure centres' for influential teachers | Final decision over PoK on cards as neighbouring country refuses to mend its ways | SC to hear today pleas against abrogation of Article 370 provisions, curbs in J-K | Driving licenses of ten Jammuites suspended as new traffic laws applied to J&K | Court challans to continue, no more awareness for traffic violations | Militants who held PDP leader hostage confess to kill Parihar brothers, RSS leader | BJP MP from Ladakh not ready for ownership of land to investors | Make J&K shine was PM Modi's message to me': Guv Satya Pal Malik | Div Com appreciates efforts of engineers for great services | BJP hints at delimitation in J&K 'Soon', Assembly seats to be reserved for Gujjars & Bakarwals | Despite threats to business establishment, "Sunday market" runs peacefully | One arrested, 2 bovine rescued | Drunken men arrested for causing public nuisance | Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar inaugurates ANM School at Ramban | Efforts of PSO save PDP leader's life, his family members | Security forces maintain dominance in J&K as Pakistan attempts to disturb peace | Education worst hit during 42 days of clampdown in valley | e-office to help integrate Jammu, Kashmir into national mainstream | Authorities for ensuring cent percent attendance in govt departments in Kashmir | Former J&K CM Ghulam Nabi Azad moves SC to visit his home state | Widow alleges harassment by in-laws | SFJ ban: Tribunal to hold sitting in New Delhi on Sept 20 | Custodial death case: Medical Board conducts post-mortem of deceased | Authorities to initiate strict action against rumour mongers in Kashmir | Curfew to remain imposed in Kishtwar today following death of Jamat leader | Kashmiri Pandits hold rally in Melbourne to support revocation of Article 370 | Triple Talaq abolition ensures equality to Muslim women: BJP Mahila Morcha chief | Army destroys live mortar shell fired by Pakistan | Women SHGs from J&K setting example in repayment of loans | Kalandi Nursing Home robbery case solved | PDD appeals for judicious use of electrical appliances in prevailing hot weather | Abrogation of Articles 370, 35A: A good riddance: Brig Anil Gupta | BJP leader demands fresh socio-economic survey in Jammu, Kashmir | Forces getting delayed inputs on terror movement amid communication blackout | Power shut down | Buddhist carnival in Leh monastery to see minimum plastic use | CRPF Jawan found dead | Sat starts developmental works in Ward 31 | BJP Jammu District organizes 'Sewa Saptah' campaign | DDC holds meeting regarding sensitisation of Sarpanchs for BDC Elections | Association of Small Industries urges Governor for relaxation | Madhu Param Hans delivers spiritual discourse | DSEJ holds "Model Exhibition cum Competition", GHS Simbal lifts trophy | Monthly literary meet held | BJP SC Morcha demands fresh socio-economic survey | GPC organizes 'Training cum Placement Programme' | Centre ignoring genuine concerns, apprehensions of J&K residents: JKNPP | Education department conducts sanitation drive at Khari, awareness campaign against use of SUP | National Lok Adalat held at Hiranagar | Army organises training sessions for village defence committees | Army to conduct recruitment drive in Kashmir on October 3, 4 to fill 3,000 vacancies | JKECTWS felicitates DDC Kishtwar | Three days orientation program for Teachers organized | Battle lines drawn for finals in Governor's Silver Rolling Volleyball Championship | Balwinder expresses concern over unattended garbage | Residents of Gultha area without water supply for week | Govt to come up with agri-mall for farmers | Move on Art 370 boon for all especially Muslim brethren: Yudhvir | All J&K Guru Ravi Dass Sabha elects body in Bhaderwah | Salad Making Competition organized | Sahodya Inter School Badminton Competition organized | Engineers day celebrated at SMVDU | Natrang stages Hindi play 'Girgit' | MBS College organizes 3 day workshop | JU organizes 'Rang Trang-Display Your Talent-2019' | RMP School organizes debate competition | Advisor inaugurates development works at K.K Hakku Hockey Stadium, Mini Stadium | Jammu Motors offers on purchase of Maruti Suzuki cars | Back Issues  
 
news details
Shelving Smart City projects, Govt to explore Urban Ropeway Solutions
Chaos, thy name is governance!
2/11/2019 11:53:42 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Feb 11: Jammu and Kashmir government seems to have shelved the much-hyped Smart City proposal for state's twin capitals as at present it is busy exploring Urban Ropeway Solutions to address the traffic congestion and related woes of the capital dwellers.
As per the official documents in possession of Early Times, the central government has sanctioned an estimated amount of 500 Crore rupees out of Prime Minister's special package for the creation of smart cities in the twin capitals of the state. As the entire amount of Rs 500 crore stands sanctioned since the year 2017, mere 1.50 crore have so far been spent in Jammu and Srinagar districts on the project. The figures have once again taken a lid over the government's non- serious approach towards ensuring the timely completion of the developmental projects in the state. It has also shown how the government which keeps trumpeting its achievements on ensuring time-bound completion of the vital projects has even failed to create a single Smart Lane, leave alone making the twin capitals Smart.
Pertinently, the State Government vide Order No.1081-GAD dated August 21, 2017 constituted Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) as Companies Limited by shares named as Jammu Smart City Limited and Srinagar Smart City Limited under the Companies Act, 2013 with authorized share capital of Rs 10 lakh, equity share of Rs 10 each and paid up capital of Rs 10 lakh for both the companies for implementation of smart city development projects.
Now when the deadline has been missed for the implementation of the project, the government seems to have discovered an alternate route to hoodwink public opinion. It is now, as per insiders dishing out Ropeway projects in Jammu as well as in Srinagar to address the traffic congestion.
"It is ironic indeed that the government earlier promised smart cities in Jammu as well as in Srinagar and then claimed to have approved hundreds of crores for the budget. Now when the projects have been limited on papers only, a newest rabbit out of its cap has come out in the form of Ropeway projects. However, the government would do well if it answers what has happened to the previous smart city projects that it is now out to discuss new ones," says an official privy to the development.
Pertinent to mention here that recently as per the official spokesman of the government, a team of officials from the central government made a PowerPointpresentation and detailed discussions were held on the advantages of putting in place Ropeways facilities in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The Governor observed that due to increasing traffic congestion on roads and also to minimize road accidents the establishment of Ropeways as Urban Transport Solutions in the State will prove to be highly beneficial.
The Governor stressed upon the concerned departments to further convene meetings and identify the most feasible areas in the State for the establishment of such Ropeway projects.
During the meeting, the WAPCOS authorities briefed about various advantages of Ropeways which included low space requirement, limited capital investment and operating costs, ability to overfly obstacles, quick to build, connectivity to other transport systems, environmentally sustainable, easy accessibility, positive social impact with increased access to jobs, health and education, safety, lowest operating costs among all transport solutions, lowest maintenance costs among all transport options etc. They stated that such systems can carry up to 12,000 people per hour and have the highest level of incremental scalability. They further said that similar projects have already been initiated in other states such as Himachal Pradesh.
Now the million dollar question is whether the government is going to approve the Rope Ways project for the twin capitals of the state or it is going to make the Smart City proposal a success which otherwise was announced in Jammu and Kashmir amid much fanfare.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
 
 
 
Early Times Android App
STOCK UPDATE
  
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
 
CRICKET UPDATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
 
 
J&K RELATED WEBSITES
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
JKTDC
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
UTILITY
Train Enquiry
IRCTC
Matavaishnodevi
BSNL
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
PUBLIC INTEREST
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
JK CAMPA
JK GAD
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
EDUCATION
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
JKBOSE
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center
SMVDU