The prime minister's special aircraft landed in the technical area of Jammu airport.
He was received by Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, state Minister for Higher Education Muhammad Akbar Lone, state Chief Secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khandey, state police chief K. Rajendra Kumar and other senior officials.
National Security Advisor Ajeet Doval is accompanying Modi on his maiden visit to the state after he took over as the country's prime minister.
Rail link to connect Katra to rest of the country
He will fly in a helicopter to Katra town to inaugurate the 25 kilometre long rail link between the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine base camp town and Udhampur.
This rail link will connect the Katra base camp town directly with the rest of the country for the facility of millions of devotees who come to pay obeisance at the shrine every year.
Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda and Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh are already in Katra town to oversee the arrangements for the prime minister's visit.
Modi will fly to summer capital Srinagar later in the day to address a Sainik Sammelan and a security review meeting at the Badami Bagh cantonment headquarters of army's 15th corps.
He is also scheduled to inaugurate a 240 megawatt NHPC owned hydro-power project in Uri border town before concluding his day's visit to the state.
Katra : PM Narendra Modi to flag off Katra-Udhampur train shortly pic.twitter.com/2I2YzgBCJK— ANI (@ANI_news) July 4, 2014
Srinagar : Shutdown called by Separatists, security tightened pic.twitter.com/I68ak3LhZI— ANI (@ANI_news) July 4, 2014
PM Narendra Modi arrives in Katra pic.twitter.com/vVLVyF2NRq— ANI (@ANI_news) July 4, 2014
PM Narendra Modi flags off Katra-Udhampur train pic.twitter.com/iLZ5LOFRqN— ANI (@ANI_news) July 4, 2014
Katra : PM Narendra Modi with CM Omar Abdullah pic.twitter.com/isjKA30WrP— ANI (@ANI_news) July 4, 2014
Katra : PM Narendra Modi meeting Railway officials pic.twitter.com/OQWHCrX5sg— ANI (@ANI_news) July 4, 2014
I am sure Katra rail connectivity will provide opportunities to local artisans,traders and students-Sadanand Gowda,Rail Minister— ANI (@ANI_news) July 4, 2014
Indian Railways is committed to balanced development of railway network across regions-Sadanand Gowda,Rail Minister pic.twitter.com/oRasqiSVq0— ANI (@ANI_news) July 4, 2014
Crores of ppl will now be able to get Mata Vaishno Devi's blessings due to this train-Omar Abdullah pic.twitter.com/UAGWICQJd6— ANI (@ANI_news) July 4, 2014
I want to recount the invaluable contribution of Vajpayee ji's Govt in the development of this rail link-CM Omar Abdullah— ANI (@ANI_news) July 4, 2014