Experts likely to visit Valley after the situation improves: SDA
Following the coronavirus pandemic, the framework of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the much-hyped ‘satellite township’ in Srinagar has been delayed and experts are likely to visit Kashmir after the situation improves, officials said Sunday.
Experts, mostly from outside Jammu Kashmir, were asked to frame the DPR for the much-awaited, ‘satellite township’ coming on the outskirts of the city at Bemina.
An official at the Srinagar Development Authority (SDA), wishing anonymity, said the DPR of the township project had been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The experts from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, ITT Roorkee, IIT Bombay, IIT Banglore, IIT Jammu, and National Institute of Technology, Srinagar were expected to frame the DPR for the project,” the official said.
In 2018, J&K government had allocated 4200 kanal of land to SDA for the construction of the satellite township at Rakhi Gundakshah, Bemina.
Most of the land is state land and under the jurisdiction of Rakhs and Farms, a wing of the Agricultural Department.
The land was transferred in year 2002 to the SDA for this township.
Of that portion of land, J&K administration this year allotted 500 kanal to shifting of J&K High Court.
Another official at SDA said that the satellite township would be developed with modern facilities.
“If the township will be high-rise, it can accommodate more than 40,000 people. It will end 90 percent need for housing in the summer capital Srinagar,” the official said.
As per the SDA official, the project would be safer than the Rakhi-e-Arth project adding the colony would be open to all, unlike other colonies.
Public Information Officer, SDA, Showkat Ahmad Mattoo told Rising Kashmir that following the coronavirus pandemic, the DPR of the project was delayed as experts could not visit the Valley.
“It was very risky for them to visit Kashmir during COVID-19 crisis and now they are likely to come after situation improves,” he said.