Srinagar’s Renaissance: Smart City initiative to transform historic markets

SRINAGAR, OCT 14: The administration of Srinagar, in its relentless pursuit of revitalising and modernising the city, has shifted its attention from the city centre, Lal Chowk, to various markets across Srinagar.

Under the ambitious Smart City initiative, the administration aims to redevelop these markets, offering modern amenities while preserving the city’s rich heritage and tradition.

CEO, Smart City and Commissioner of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), Athar Aamir Khan announced that work is in full swing to transform these markets, enabling residents and visitors to experience the heart of the old city in all its heritage glory. The redevelopment project promises to infuse life into traditional crafts, vernacular architecture, and the warm hospitality of Sheher-e-Khas.

“One of the most critical and bustling intersections in Srinagar, #JehangirChowk, has now come under the spotlight as part of the #SrinagarSmartCity Project. The primary objective is to streamline traffic flow in and around the junction while facilitating pedestrian movement to connect various surrounding areas. The ongoing work on the Jehangir Chowk Junction Improvement project is expected to alleviate congestion and enhance the overall urban experience,” he wrote on X.

“Goni Khan Market, one of Srinagar’s most frequented markets, is set for a transformation as well under the #SrinagarSmartCity Project. The redevelopment project for Goni Khan Market has already commenced, promising a more modern and vibrant shopping experience for both locals and tourists. Simultaneously, work has also begun on the construction of a new pedestrian bridge next to the Amirakadal bridge, the Hari Singh High Street Redevelopment project, and the Jehangir Chowk Junction Improvement project, which is anticipated to further enhance the city’s infrastructure.”

“The Dal Lake Northern Lake Front project, spanning approximately 5.1 kilometres from Nishat to Habbak, is hailed as one of the most crucial endeavours under the Srinagar Smart City Project. With the work nearing completion, the administration aims to open it to the public within the next 40 to 50 days. The project promises to offer a pristine experience to visitors, who will have the opportunity to walk, cycle, relax, enjoy a coffee, and bask in the serene beauty of the Hazratbal Basin, one of the most captivating areas of Dal Lake.”

The Srinagar Smart City Project continues to redefine the city’s urban landscape, infusing a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity, making Srinagar not just a place of historic significance but also a thriving and vibrant city for the future. #SrinagarSmartCity #DalLake

The administration’s commitment to these projects highlights its dedication to preserving the city’s heritage while promoting sustainable urban development and modern amenities for the residents and tourists.

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