\ Underscoring the importance of traffic decongestion in Underscoring the importance of traffic decongestion in\the city and decreasing the pollution levels, the Chief\Minister asked for development of cycling tracks in the city\especially in areas like the Bund and Boulevard around Dal\Lake.\ She also urged for exploring the options of development\of vertical residential structures in the congested areas of\the city on Public Private Participation (PPP) mode.\ Smart Cities Mission was launched by the Prime Minister\in June 2015. It is an urban renewal and retrofitting program\by the central government with an aim to develop 100 cities in\the country making them citizen friendly and sustainable.\ During the meeting, the Chief Minister was also briefed\on the construction of semi-ring road around Srinagar city.\ The Chief Minister was informed that the state government\has established a task force headed by the Divisional\Commissioner for the purpose of land acquisition which will\expedite the acquisition work and subsequent preparation of\Detailed Project Reports.\ She was also informed that the 61-km semi-ring road\passes through six districts including Pulwama, Budgam,\Srinagar, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Baramulla. PTI MIJ\AAR\


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