Railway line linking Valley to rest of India latest by early 2024: Govt | India News – Times of India


SRINAGAR: The railway line connecting the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country will be completed this year, and the special ‘Vande Bharat’ trains will chug in the Union Territory next year, Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Saturday. Addressing a press conference at Nowgam railway station here, he said the Udhampur-Banihal track, connecting Jammu with Srinagar, will be completed by December this year, or early next year.
With this, the Udhampur-Baramulla railway line in J&K will be completed. The Union minister said a demand has been received for connecting three areas – Sopore-Kupwara, Awantipora-Shopian, and Bijbehara-Pahalgam – with the railway line, and the Railways will discuss it. “We will discuss this with J&K LG, and then with Union home minister (Amit Shah) and PM (Narendra Modi),” he said.
Vaishnaw, who is also the minister of communications and electronics and information technology, said every village and city in J&K will have a telecom facility.

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