New Delhi: Travelling through the tough
terrain of the Kashmir valley will become easier soon as the
Railways have decided to open the 20 km strech of
Quazigund-Anantnag to passenger traffic.
This follows the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS)
giving the go ahead for commissioning of the 20 km stretch,
implying passengers would avail train service right from
Quazigund to Srinagar and Baramulla.
With this, the construction of 120 km long
Quazigund-Baramulla section has also come to an end.
Construction of the other two sections -- the Udhampur
Katra section and Katra Quazigund section -- is also in
"We hope passenger train service between Quazigund and
Anantnag will start soon with the clearance from CRS already
in place," sources in Northern Railway said.
The Baramulla-Qazigund rail network project has come
up with an investment of Rs 3,200 crores.
The first train operation in the valley, the
66-km-long rail link from Anantnag to Mazhom on this section,
was flagged off by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in October
In February this year, 35-km-long Mazhgom-Baramulla
rail track was inaugurated by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Sources said CRS conducted a detailed study on this
route including the maximum permissible speed which can be
The Baramulla-Qazigund rail project, which started in
year 2000, took almost nine years to complete.
The section has about 113 minor and major bridges
which include the 435-metre-long Veith river bridge and the
300-metre-long Sandran bridge.
Stations falling on this route are Sadura, Anantnag,
Bijbehera, Panjgam, Awantipora, Kakpora, Pampore, Srinagar,
Badgam, Rajwansher, Pattan, Hamare, Sopore and Baramulla.
The DMU train which runs from Anantnag to Baramulla
has yielded revenue to the tune of Rs 12 crore to the
Railways, becoming popular right from the day of its inaugural
run, sources said.
Recently, Railways had also completed work on a 7.5
km-long tunnel in the Katra-Qazigund section, no mean feat by