New Delhi. Work is being done to complete the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project (USBRL Project) of Indian Railways at a fast pace. After taking over the Ministry of Railways, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav today also visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra station and Jammu Tawi railway stations. Intensive inspection of infrastructure and passenger facilities at both the stations was also done.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw also laid the foundation stone for expansion of infrastructure and passenger facilities at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra station. He reviewed the ongoing works on the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project. They left Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra for Jammu in the prestigious semi-high speed express train Vande Bharat Express. During this journey, he also interacted with the passengers traveling.
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On this occasion, Ashutosh Gangal, General Manager, Northern Railway, Chief Administrative Officer of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project, S. Of. Jha, Dr. Seema Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager, Firozpur Division and several senior officers of Northern Railway and Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project were also present.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra station today.
The Railway Minister laid the foundation stone for the infrastructural development on the Katra-Banihal rail section, which is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project. He inspected the various facilities present in this world-class station. He interacted with the devotees who came here from different parts of the country.
27,949 crore being spent on USBRL project
Engineers of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project informed about the progress of work on the final phase of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project connecting Jammu with Srinagar. This all-weather rail project connecting Jammu to Srinagar Valley is being prepared at a cost of Rs 27,949 crore. It has been a challenge to build a railway line in this earthquake-prone Himalayan region.
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111 km long route is being prepared between Katra-Banihal
Three sections from Banihal to Baramulla are already ready and are serving. The work on the 111 km long fourth and final phase between Katra-Banihal is extremely challenging as 97 km of the route on this line is tunnelled. 7 railway stations are proposed on this rail section. Due to non availability of flat land, some railway stations are located on tunnels or bridges. This railway will be fully electrified, which will reduce the cost of operation on it and will be environment friendly.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav gave instructions to rapidly expand the facilities at Katra station.
Chenab bridge will be the world’s highest bridge
There are iconic bridges like Chenab bridge and Anji bridge on this rail section. These bridges built on the valleys of the Chenab river are very beautiful from the point of view of construction. Chenab bridge is an arched bridge built at a height of 359 meters above the river bed. Once completed, it will be the tallest bridge in the world.
India’s first cable-stayed rail bridge Anji bridge is getting ready
The arch of this bridge has been prepared and the process of making its deck has been started recently. On the other hand Anji bridge is India’s first cable stayed railway bridge. This bridge will have a 195 meter pole with 37 to 42 cable wires. The construction work of the pillar is being completed rapidly.
27 Major Tunnels on Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project Line
There are 27 main tunnels on this line with a total length of 97 km. Out of these, the length of 4 tunnels is more than 9 kilometers and the other 4 tunnels are more than 5 kilometers long. Along with these tunnels, escape tunnels are also being constructed under the International Disaster Management Protocol. The tunnels to be built in this project are being built with the latest New Austrian tunneling method.
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The cooperation of reputed international consultants has been taken for the consultation and design of these tunnel projects. When ready, these tunnels will be equipped with state-of-the-art ventilation facility and public address system. He called upon the engineers to expeditiously complete the remaining part of the project in mission mode.
Later, the Railway Minister left Katra for Jammu by semi high speed Vande Bharat Express train. He interacted with co-passengers en route and got their views and reactions on the train services. The passengers were very surprised to see the Railway Minister traveling with them. Some passengers also suggested improvements in the rail system. Many people have thanked for the better quality of rail services, cleanliness and passenger amenities in recent years.
The Railway Minister also visited the driver’s cabin of Vande Bharat Express and took stock. After getting off the train in Jammu, the Railway Minister inspected the Jammu Tawi railway station and took stock of the passenger facilities there. He saw the station redevelopment plan displayed at the station. He was informed that the Jammu Tawi Railway Station Redevelopment Project has been started at a cost of Rs 226 crore. Under this, the work of infrastructure development, sub-way for easy movement of passengers and second entrance at the station is included.
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