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Srinagar’s Smart City project!

 

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Srinagar’s Smart City Project intends to give the valley a much-needed facelift in six months. 

Srinagar will see numerous firsts in the next six months as part of the 980-crore Smart City Project.

These firsts include enhanced city and water transportation, the safeguarding of historic buildings, and pedestrian-friendly walkways and markets.

Key facts!

  • The Polo View market will be the first well-equipped market in the Valley that will be easy to get to on foot.
  • Authorities hope this high-end market to look more European.
  • Furthermore, a four-kilometre-long cycle path will also be built here.
  • The cycle path will run in the same direction as Lal Chowk, Srinagar’s business hub.
  • An outer circle of Lal Chowk will be built out of more than 15 kilometres of the cycle path.
  • Also, the city’s Jhelum riverbank will be raised in stages, which will make it easier for people to get to the old city by boat.
  • Srinagar will be able to compete with the best cities in modern infrastructure.
  • Soon, there would be Wi-Fi hotspots and charging stations for electric rickshaws all over the city.
  • Online parking, Internet-controlled intersection illumination and a centralised data system will improve Srinagar’s traffic regulation.
  • Over 200 kilometres of optical fibre cabling have been put in place all over the city.
  • As part of this project, the Shalimar Bagh canal is also getting a makeover.
  • Officials state the projects are between 50 and 60% done or are in their last stages of completion.

Youtube user “wasaafjeelani” shares glimpses of Polo View Market during snowfall.

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