Final test run on Qazigund-Anantnag route by Aug 8

Jammu: The Northern Railway will conduct final test run on 18 km-long Anantnag-Qazigund rail line by August eight, before train operations will begin on the entire 119-km track connecting Baramulla and Qazigund in Kashmir.

"While the first test trial run on the Qazigund-Anantnag stretch on Friday was succesful, the final test run would be conducted by Commissioner Railways Safety (CRS) on August 7-8," a senior official said here today.

Trains would start chugging through the entire 119 km route connecting Southern end of Kashmir (Qazigund) with Northern end (Baramulla) from next week if the CRS finds the final test run successful, he said.

Earlier on Friday, DMUs were run through the section at two different speeds -- 45 Kms per hour and 85 Kms per hour -- and it was successful, he said.

Currently, trains are operated between the 101-km stretch between Anantnag and Baramulla.

The first train operation in Kashmir, the 66-km-long rail line from Anantnag to Mazhom, was flagged off by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in October last year. In February this year, 35-km-long Mazhgom-Baramulla rail track was inaugurated by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

It took almost nine years to complete the Baramulla-Qazigund rail project, which started in 2000. The Anantnag-Qazigund rail link has about 113 minor and major bridges along the route, the official said, adding that the 435-metre-long Veith river bridge is the longest followed by the 300-metre-long Sandran bridge.

Railway protection force personnel will be deployed along the route and a permanent police station will come up once the route is thrown open for rail traffic, he said.

Bureau Report