Rail to touch north Kashmir soon

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Srinagar, Nov 4: With the rail becoming popular in Kashmir, the first red colour eight-coach Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) train is all set to touch its North Kashmir destination of Baramulla soon.

A high level meeting, chaired by governor N N Vohra reviewed the specific of the dream rail project, including water and power supply, approach roads, ticketing arrangements, establishment of food-outlets, security and other, here this morning.

Mr Vohra described the Railways in Kashmir as an extremely important project which could change the ethos of the Valley and enable human and economic activity round the year.

He observed with satisfaction that the Valley train service had become very popular with the local populace, especially the school-goers and said that this momentum has to be maintained.

He urged the operation of another unit for meeting the requirements of the service-class, at stipulated hours during the morning and evening, saying that the present schedule should not be disturbed, as the students, whom he described as 'foundation of the future' were finding the service convenient and beneficial.

The meeting was informed that the approach road to the Baramulla Station has been completed while such roads to Pattan and Sopore Stations would be ready by later this month.

The 199- kilometre Railway Project from Qazigund to Baramulla has 800 bridges and this section is estimated to cost Rs 2400 crores.

The Qazigund-Baramulla section will have 15 stations and the Srinagar (Nowgam) Station will be architecturally and aesthetically the most beautiful station of Indian Railways.

The 66-kilometre Anantnag-Rajwansher Section, which would be extended upto Baramulla now, was opened for railway traffic on October 11 by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh while UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad were also present.


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