J&K rail line to be operational by 2017
Jammu: Kashmir will be connected by the
railway line with rest of the country by 2017 and Katra-the
base camp of Mata Vaishnodevi shrine by 2013.
"Rail line (from Udhampur to Srinagar) date is given
in 2017. Banihal-Qazigund day break this year December & line
opening in 2013. Now let`s wait & see", Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah said in a re-tweet on a review meeting of railway
and national highway projects here today.
Taking appraisal of the status of the two projects at
a high-level meeting here today, Omar further re-tweeted to
say "Katra now targeted for 2013 along with Banihal".
Chief Minister emphasized on timely completion of the
railway projects to realise the cherished goal of modern and
dependable communication in the state.
The meeting was informed that the estimated cost of
the project is Rs 19565 crores, of which Rs 6844 crore have
The outlay for 2010-11 is of the order of Rs 1000
crore. The 119-km Qazigund-Baramulla section with 15 stations,
63 major bridges, 748 minor bridges has been completed and
The work on 25-km Udhampur-Katra section is on. It
envisages 9 major bridges and 29 minor bridges, construction
of 7 tunnels with a total length of 10.90-km and there will be
three stations in this section.
The outstanding feature of construction in this
stretch is an 85-meter tall pier of a bridge at Jhazzar Khad
on Udhampur-Katra section which will be 13 meters taller than
Qutub Minar (72 meters). this pier will form part of the
largest single span of 154 meter bridge on Indian Railways.
The meeting was informed that the 129 Katra-Qazigund
section of the railway project envisages construction of 9
stations, boring of 36 tunnels of the length of 105-kms.
The December 2011 is the target for boring of 11.17-km
longest transportation tunnel between Banihal at Qazigund in
Pir Panchal range.
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