Indian Railways Examining Alternative Routes Between Katra and Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir


NEW DELHI:  Indian Railways is examining the suggestions of Sreedharan Committee on realignment of route between Katra and Banihal as part of the final leg of the Kashmir rail link project.

“The Sreedharan Committee has suggested for realignment in the Kashmir rail link project. Lot of issues are involved here, the Committee was constituted on High Court order,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said in the national capital today.

The Committee had suggested that the signature bridge on river Chenab, a critical section on the rail link to the Kashmir Valley between the 126-km long Katra and Banihal was not safe during earthquakes, landslides and also due to its proximity to the Line of Control (LoC).

“The report has examined both the alignments, the existing and the alternative ones. Both have merits and demerits. The suggestions were being deliberated by Railway Board and a final call would be taken at an appropriate time,” Chairman, Railway Board, AK Mittal added. More info

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