New Delhi : Devotees going for darshan of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi will soon get more facilities at the base station Katra Railway Station. Due to the increasing number of devotees and trains at this railway station situated in the lap of nature, Indian Railways is going to further expand the passenger facilities here. Along with this, two new platforms will also be built at the station, whose foundation stone was laid in the presence of Railway Minister Ashwani Vaishnav himself. The special thing is that the foundation stone of both these platforms was not laid by the Railway Minister, but by a woman employee of RPF.
The Railway Minister laid the foundation stone for expansion of infrastructure and passenger facilities at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway Station. He toured the entire station. During this, two new platforms were laid at Katra railway station, the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi. The project will be completed in a year at a cost of Rs 29 crore.
Presently there are three platforms at Katra railway station, but the number of passengers and trains is increasing with time, so is the Katra-Banihal rail section connecting Kashmir, which is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project. Due to this, emphasis is being given on its development. In such a situation, two new platforms are being built to start this important railway line till Banihal soon.
Along with this, the facilities of maintenance vehicle, inspection vehicle, fire fighting vehicle etc. will also be increased at the railway station. The project has been targeted to be completed by December 2022.
After Katra, the Railway Minister left for Jammu by Semi High Speed Vande Bharat Express train and interacted with co-passengers en route to know 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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