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Jammu-Srinagar Rail likely to start in next year’

 Jammu-Srinagar Rail likely to start in next year’



We are hopeful to run it in next 4 to 5 months: Railway officials


Ishtiyaq Ahmad


Srinagar, Nov 20: The Jammu-Srinagar rail link is expected to become operational from early next year, marking a significant milestone in the transportation infrastructure of the region.


This railway project, aimed at enhancing connectivity and accessibility between Jammu and Srinagar, is poised to bring about transformative changes in the transportation landscape.



A high-ranking official from the Railways, speaking on the progress, expressed satisfaction, stating, “The USBRL project is a testament to the engineering prowess and determination of the team involved. We have overcome numerous challenges, including adverse weather conditions and difficult terrains, to bring this dream to fruition. The completion of this project will be a game-changer for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We are hopeful that in the next four to five months, the rail will reach Srinagar from Jammu,” the official told KNS, insisting not to be named.



The railway line, one of the most challenging and ambitious railway projects in the country, traverses through the picturesque terrains of the Jammu and Kashmir mountain range.


The route includes numerous tunnels, bridges, and challenging topography, making it an engineering marvel.


Once operational, the railway link is expected to significantly reduce travel time between Jammu and Srinagar, offering a more convenient and efficient mode of transportation for commuters and cargo alike.



The Jammu-Srinagar rail link is also poised to have far-reaching implications for tourism in the region, making it more accessible for both domestic and international travelers.


The scenic route is expected to attract tourists who wish to experience the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayan region while enjoying the comfort and convenience of rail travel.


 


Speaking about the development, one of the local BJP leaders expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “This railway link has been a long-awaited dream for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Its operationalization will not only make our journeys more comfortable but will also open up new avenues for trade and tourism.”



Authorities involved in the project have assured that the necessary infrastructure and safety measures are being put in place to ensure a smooth and secure operation of the railway link.


Encompassing a sprawling 345-mile stretch, the USBRL project is intricately designed to connect the scenic towns of Udhampur, Srinagar, and Baramulla, navigating through formidable terrains and challenging geographic obstacles.


Despite these obstacles, the unwavering dedication of the project team has propelled construction forward, with recent developments indicating that the final stages are well underway.



Anticipation is palpable among the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the inauguration of the USBRL project, slated to be a momentous occasion for the region.


It is noteworthy that regular train services already operate between Jammu-Udhampur-Katra in the Jammu region and Baramulla-Banihal in Kashmir.


The Railway ministry has previously affirmed that a Vande Bharat Metro train will ply between Jammu and Srinagar once the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project (USBRL) becomes fully operational.


Two remarkable bridges on the section contribute to the project's engineering marvels. The Chenab Railway Bridge, one of the highest globally, defies gravity as it stands tall over the Chenab River, presenting a breathtaking spectacle against the backdrop of the Pir Panjal mountain range.



While not as towering as the Chenab Railway Bridge, the Anji Khad Bridge holds its own significance. Spanning the Anji Khad River, this bridge showcases intricate design and meticulous planning, representing a critical link in the overall connectivity of the USBRL project.–(KNS)

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