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Kashmir’s Rail Dream Nears Reality: Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Project Set to Transform the Region

“Generous Central Government Support and Visionary Leadership Signal a Historic Turning Point, Bringing Prosperity, Connectivity, and Tourism Opportunities to Kashmir Valley”

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Srinagar: The realization of a longstanding dream for Kashmiris to connect the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country by rail is drawing closer, thanks to the generous efforts of the Central Government and the proactive supervision of the Lt. Governor. The completion of the Katra-Banhal line, a crucial part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Line (USBRL) project, is poised to play a pivotal role in boosting tourism activities in the Kashmir Valley.

Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the transformative project has overcome challenges and delays, and the region is expected to be seamlessly integrated into the Indian railway network by early 2024. The significance of this achievement goes beyond mere transportation; it symbolizes resilience, determination, and the fulfillment of promises made.

The upcoming unveiling of the Udhampur-Banhal route, connecting Jammu and Srinagar, is anticipated to be a historic moment. The Vande Bharat train will traverse this newly constructed railway line, showcasing innovative engineering designed to overcome the unique challenges of the region’s temperature and altitude. The revival of railway connectivity is not just about transportation; it represents a reconnection and rebirth for the region.

The USBRL project, designated a national project in 2003, is more than a transit initiative; it signifies the restoration of a lifeline for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The impressive engineering feats, such as the tallest steel arch rail bridge in the world, the Chenab Bridge, and the longest transit tunnel, T-49, are not just infrastructure but monuments that mark the history of the Himalayan region.

The commitment of the government, evident in the railway budget for 2023-24, including a substantial allocation of Rs 6,000 crore for the Jammu and Kashmir Railway, highlights a dedication to promoting development and connectivity in the region. This budget allocation is an investment in the dreams and promises of prosperity for the people of the region.

As the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project nears completion, it promises more than just economic prosperity and improved tourism; it signifies a turning point in the history of Kashmir. The reduction in travel time from six hours to 3.5 hours is not merely about convenience; it extends an invitation to experience the breathtaking beauty of Kashmir.

The early completion of the Udhampur-Baramulla rail link project marks the beginning of unprecedented economic opportunities and a brighter, more integrated future for the people of the region. As trains roll into Kashmir, they not only carry passengers but also bring the promise of a more connected, prosperous, and vibrant Jammu and Kashmir. This is not just a journey on tracks; it is a voyage into a new era for the region.

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