Katra to be on Railway map by 2012
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 31, 2010, 20:59
Jammu: Thronged by over 75 lakh devotees every year for their onward journey to the holy cave shrine of Vaishno Devi, Katra, the base camp for the pilgrimage, will be brought on the railway map by 2012.

The town will be connected by train by 2012 as most of the work on Udhampur-Katra track has been completed, Railway Board Chairman S S Khurana said on Sunday.

Katra will have the most modern railway station in the country with a number of facilities for the passengers, he said.

Over 75 lakh pilgrims including VIPs, politicians, film stars, business tycoons and NRIs visit the town annually for pilgrimage to the hill-top shrine.

Khurana said Kashmir will be connected with rest of the country by train by 2017 as the work is going on in full swing on Qaqzigund-Banihal-Katra line.

Khurana, accompanied by top railway officials, visited the Udhampur Railway Station and inaugurated two retiring and one waiting halls to fulfil the long-pending demand of the passengers.


First Published: Sunday, January 31, 2010, 20:59

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