Udhampur-Katra rail line ready for launch


By Devinder Thakur and Deepanker Gupta  www.tribuneindia.com

Railway authorities have successfully carried out a trial run on the newly-constructed railway line between Udhampur and Katra that connects the Kashmir Valley.

“The trial run was conducted using a departmental and materials train (DMT), which is helping in placing concrete on the track. The work will go on for another five to seven days. The train will have 15 wagons. Very soon, people will be able to board the train,” said Northern Railway General Manager Pardeep Kumar after reaching Katra from Udhampur by train on Wednesday morning.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate the railway line later this month.

On December 7, 2013, the authorities successfully ran a light power engine from Udhampur to Katra town, but the Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS) team pointed out some rectification regarding the track.

“We may conduct two more trial runs. We are waiting for authorisation from the Centre for a railway information systems’ officer. After the authorisation, the railway administration will decide the date to start the service,” said Kumar. More info