Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has laid the foundation stone for the Jhelum Riverfront development project to be developed on the lines of the Sabarmati riverfront. This phase of the project will cost ₹75 crores and is being implemented by Jal Shakti Department under the Srinagar Smart City project in Jammu and Kashmir. The phase-1 is envisaged with modern public utilities and state-of-the-art green space.
Lt Governor also laid the foundation stone for redevelopment of Polo View Road as a pedestrian walkway to provide better ambience and shopping experience to the citizens. He informed that a systematic effort to improve the cities in J&K has been long overdue and the state is working on this much-awaited transformation by improving urban services, creation of urban infrastructure and improved system of urban governance to make the cities ecologically sustainable, economically productive and socially equitable. Smart City is a people’s movement to make the cities sustainable, efficient to provide improved services to the citizens. They need to come together and realize the dream of Smart City by working in cohesion. The enlistment of Srinagar city in the UNESCO world creative cities network under the Craft & Folk Arts category is a proud moment for all. It is the collective responsibility of all the stakeholders associated with crafts and art to strengthen it and also revive the traditional handloom and handicrafts.
Other projects including the Control Room of ‘Adaptive Traffic Control System (ATCS)’ costing ₹12.76 crore; Vehicle Mounted Manhole Desilting Machine and snow clearance machines have been dedicated to the citizens of Srinagar to strengthen the city’s infrastructure and to ensure efficient services are delivered in a sustainable manner.