Jammu-Kashmir Rail link to miss 2017 deadline


Jammu: The rail link from Banihal to Katra which was the connect the Kashmir Valley with Jammu will be missing the 2017 deadline and will be completed by 2020, according to senior railway officials of the Northern railways.

General Manager of Northern Railways, AK Puthia, while speaking to reporters said that the work on the Banihal to Katra stretch is going on and will be completed by 2020. He said, “80 per cent of work is tunnel work and we have only completed 35 per cent so far.”

He described the 110 km stretch as most difficult part of the rail-link. He said to approach alignment the railways had to construct a long road.

He said that the earlier deadline to complete the project was 2017 but due to litigations about the alignment of the project is got delayed and now would be completed by 2020.

The track will also have the longest and the highest railway bridge in the world having 359 metres high which is expected to be completed by 2017.

Puthia was leading team of senior officials of northern railways to Kashmir to inspect stations at Srinagar and Budgam.