Dal Lake oasis: 5.1 km northern front to open for walkers, cyclists before winter

SRINAGAR, OCT 06: In a bid to offer visitors a serene and hassle-free experience, officials have announced the impending opening of the pristine 5.1-kilometre-long northern front of Dal Lake, a cherished natural treasure in Srinagar.

This initiative, part of the Srinagar Smart City Project, aims to provide the public with the opportunity to walk, cycle, and immerse themselves in the tranquil surroundings of Dal Lake before the onset of winter.

The development of the northern front of Dal Lake, which spans from Nishat to Habbak, commenced earlier this year as a crucial facet of the Srinagar Smart City Project. Anticipated to conclude by the end of November, authorities are optimistic about the project’s timely completion.

Athar Aamir Khan, the Chief Executive Officer of the Smart City Project and Srinagar Municipal Commissioner, expressed confidence in the project’s progress. He stated, “Around 5.1km-long Lake Front from Nishat to Habbak is one of our most important projects under the Srinagar Smart City Project. The work is nearing completion, and we hope to open it up in the next 40-50 days.”

Highlighting the significance of the project, Khan added, “You can walk, cycle, sit, sip a cup of coffee, and enjoy the most pristine part of Dal Lake – the Hazratbal Basin.”

Khan reassured the public that the project would be completed well before winter arrives, emphasising the opportunity for visitors to enjoy the picturesque surroundings even during the snowy season.

Srinagar, sprawling over 294 square kilometres with a population of 13.5 lakh, was chosen as one of the cities for the Smart City Mission initiated by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). The city has witnessed numerous developments and upgrades, including the revitalization of the Poloview market, the inauguration of the first pedestrian and wire-free market with underground infrastructure, and the transformation of the Clock Tower. Additionally, the city’s transportation received a boost with the introduction of smart electric buses equipped with air-conditioning and cameras.

Furthermore, the authorities have undertaken Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, physical verification of households and commercial establishments, and the installation of unique digital door number plates with QR codes on houses and shops.

Out of a total of 137 projects, work on 66 projects has been completed, while 71 are ongoing. The Government of India has set a deadline to finish the remaining 16 projects from December 2023 to June 2024, underscoring its commitment to transforming Srinagar into a modern and accessible smart city.

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