Jammu: As a sequel to the decision of using the Qazigund-Banihal Railway tunnel for plying vehicular traffic during extreme weather conditions and heavy snowfall, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday reviewed the operating procedures to be adopted while opening the tunnel at a meeting with officers of the state government and Northern Railways.
During her trip to New Delhi three days ago, Mehbooba Mufti had sought opening of the Railway tunnel for vehicular movement during heavy snowfall and extreme winters. Railway minister Suresh Prabu had agreed to the suggestion and it was decided that working out of modalities would be followed soon.
Addressing the meeting, the CM said the decision to use the said tunnel has been necessitated by the fact that many passenger vehicles get stranded on the same stretch of National Highway during heavy snowfalls and slippery conditions putting hundreds of passengers to risk. She thanked the Railway Minister for agreeing to her suggestion to use the tunnel during extreme weather conditions.
Mehbooba Mufti impressed upon the officers of state government and Northern Railways to fine tune the modalities further and incorporate each other’s views on how to optimally use the tunnel without disturbing railway movement through it. She stressed on maintaining close coordination in this regard.
‘Inclusive development key to JK’s prosperity’
Mehbooba Mufti also said that growth of every section of the society is key to the progress and development of the state.
Interacting with a deputation of youth from Jammu city, the CM said her government is working on this principle so that no region or section of the society is left out in Jammu & Kashmir in its march to progress and prosperity.
She asked the youth to take benefits of all the schemes and programmes launched by the government for their empowerment and contribute positively to the state and society.
The deputation raised many issues with the Chief Minister including more credit facilities to aspiring entrepreneurs, facilitation of documentation process for availing benefits of different schemes of the central government.