The flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir continued to worsen on Saturday with the death toll mounting to 160 while rescuers struggled to evacuate thousands of people to safety as major rivers and streams were in spate due to incessant rains.
Yatra to Mata Vaishnodevi cave shrine was suspended on Thursday in view heavy rains in Jammu and Kashmir as three pilgrims, including two women, were injured in landslides triggered by heavy rains in Trikuta hills.
In order to clear extra rush of passengers during the forthcoming festive season of Dussehra and Diwali, Northern Railway has decided to run 8 pairs of special trains to various places including Jammu, Katra, Varanasi and Ajmer, among others.
After a prolonged wait, pilgrims from all over the country can directly reach Katra, the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, by rail from Friday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the first train.
After missing several deadlines, Railways has finally got the mandatory safety clearance from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) to commission the much-awaited train service to Katra, the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, before the Rail Budget 2014-15.
The long-awaited train service to Katra, the base camp of Vaishno Devi shrine, in Jammu and Kashmir will soon be a reality as railways is gearing up to make the 25-km-long Udhampur-Katra rail line operational shortly.