After the abolition of Article 370, the work of connecting Kashmir with the mainstream is going on continuously. For this, the government is continuously taking steps and preparations are being made to bring different schemes. Meanwhile, now the dream of the Railways to connect the entire Kashmir till Kanyakumari with the rail line is going to be fulfilled soon. According to the information, by December this year, entire Kashmir will be connected till Kanyakumari through rail. 90 percent work of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link has been completed.
work going on fast
According to USBRL officials, all the necessary tunnels for the line connecting Jammu and Kashmir have been completed and the rest of the work is also going on fast. The 111 km long rail section of Katra-Banihal is being constructed. This is the most challenging part, because 97.34 km of this line passes through tunnels. It has mountains, slopes and earthquake sensitive areas from Jammu to Baramulla. For this reason, 27 major bridges and 10 minor bridges have to be built in it. Out of this, the main 21 are ready. Chenab Bridge is also in this section.
To reach construction sites in remote areas, 203 km of new roads had to be built. An official said that out of 163.88 km (including tunnels) under the Katra-Banihal section, 162.6 km has been completed. At the same time, out of 117.7 km, 31.3 km track is ready. India’s longest escape tunnel, which is 12.89 km long on the Banihal-Katra railway line, has been completed in December.
Project running for many decades
Let us tell you that in the year 1905, the then Maharaja of Kashmir had announced the laying of a railway line connecting Srinagar to Jammu via the Mughal Road. After the initial work, the work of the project got stuck. After that once again the work was started in March 1995 at a cost of Rs 2500 crores and then in the year 2002 the Vajpayee government declared it a national project, then its cost became Rs 6000 crores. However, today the cost of this project has reached Rs 27,949 crore.
There will be a big change in the economy of Kashmir
The work of laying the line was full of geographical problems. Overcoming all these, now this network has reached towards being ready. This project is running after a delay of 20 years. With the commissioning of this railway line, there will be a revolutionary change in the economy of Kashmir. With the running of this train, the tourists of the country will be able to go to Kashmir by train. After this, fruits like apples of Kashmir will be easily transported to the rest of the country. South India can be directly connected to Kashmir. This will increase the economic output of the local economy.
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