SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir figures in the list of states in which the government of India has announced to spend Rs 40,000 crore in the coming years for completion of the railway projects.
“…Rs 40,000 crore would be utilised for implementing national projects in places like Jammu & Kashmir and another Rs 1,27,000 crore would be spent on addressing safety issues,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu revealed Tuesday in his response to a question in lok Sabha. Indian Railway is constructing 345 km long Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla railway line, stretched from Jammu to Baramulla on the northwestern edge of the Kashmir Valley, to link Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of India.
So far, the Jammu-Udhampur, Banihal-Srinagar-Baramulla stretches of the line have been constructed and are operational.
However, the work on constriction of the remaining 144 km middle section of the line, connecting Katra with Qazigund, has been in progress since 2002.
Once completed, the railway line is expected to ease the travel between Jammu and Kashmir, which, at present, takes close to eight hours by the mountainous road. In Jammu and Kashmir, the railway ministry also plans to double the railway line from Punjab to Jammu.