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J&K State Urban Transport Policy

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Urban scenario of the State in the wake of depressingly low level of service and amenities is very grim. Towns and cities are expanding at an exploding rate without proportionate improvement in the quality of living and livability of the urban life. In a recent ‘Swacch Survekshan 2018’ survey, Government of India ranked the cities in terms of the cleanliness, where Srinagar and Jammu cities have been ranked 284 and 212 respectively. It clearly reflects dismal sanitation levels in both the capital cities of the State. A similar scenario is found in the two cities with respect to other urban services and amenities. Traffic and transportation infrastructure in the urban J&K has also been the victim of this accelerated pace of development, despite heavy and colossal public and private investment. The problems of urban congestion and jams, heavy operating costs, pace of mobility, loss of viable man hours, accidental deaths, poor connectivity, lack of effective public transport, traffic management, parking facilities, energy conservation have been the worst affected areas of urban transport. Not only this, urban transport has become a victim of political apathy, administrative inability, planning deficit and financial scarcity, collectively generating a jinx of public difficulty and urban transport mess. Urban transport policy makers seem to have been swept away by the shear pace of State’s urbanization.

Though State Government has tried to assess the aggravating situation of urban transport and has framed a comprehensive mobility plan for both Jammu and Srinagar city but, partially the proposals have been dovetailed in the master plans of respective cities. However, except one proposal of flyovers in the two capital cities, no significant........

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