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Kashmir gets more funds than Jammu for metrolite project, discrimination against Jammu?

Last Updated on February 4, 2022 at 9:22 pm

Despite of tall claims of the government that equitable development of Jammu as well as Kashmir will be done yet another reported case of discrimination has come to fore.

There are many such cases where Jammu has been discriminated but latest example of discrimination with Jammu is the metrolite project. Jammu has been allocated Rs 1620 crores less than Kashmir for the metrolite project despite of the fact that Jammu’s area is more than 10 thousand sq kms more the valley.

Jammu region has been provided with lesser funds raising eyebrows to discrimination. As per the a report in Early Times, the elevated metrolite has been proposed for Srinagar (25 km; Rs 5733 crore) and Jammu (23 km; Rs 4113 crore) in order to provide easy and quick movement of people in both the capitals.

Jammu & Kashmir government had submitted the revised detailed project report (DPR) of metrolite rail for Srinagar and Jammu cities to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) for the approval and funding purposes. In August 2021, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had said that the J&K administration was waiting for the union cabinet’s nod for the project after submitting the proposal for the metro rail.  

The light rail transit system in Jammu will have its one corridor from Bantalab to Bari Brahmana with an entire length of 23 kilometres whereas in Srinagar it will have two corridors, the first one is from Indira Nagar to HMT Junction and the second is from Usmanabad to Hazuri Bagh, with an entire length of 25 kilometres.