SRINAGAR: The Chennai Central-Jammu Tawi Andaman Express train was on Friday extended to Katra in the state’s Jammu division.
The extension was flagged off by India’s Railways Minister Suresh prabhu through a videoconference organised in Jammu.
He said the government of India is committed to development of railway infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir.
“It is necessary to provide good transportation facilities to the places of pilgrimage from every part of the country. Indian Railway is making sincere efforts in providing best connectivity to the places of pilgrimage,” he said.
Prabhu also reviewed progress of various railway projects in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitender Singh said, “It is heartening to see that Indian Railways is paying a lot of attention to development of the railway infrastructure in the state”.
He complemented Indian Railways for meeting the Katra’s demand for increased connectivity, stating that the Railways “represents the culture of the country”.
“When the train services reached Katra, many people of the region saw a train for the first time in their lives,” he said.
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh appreciated the steps taken by Indian Railways for providing better connectivity to Katra.
The Prime Minister of India, he said, has been concerned about the railway projects in Jammu and Kashmir.