GRP personnel told to remain extra alert in J&K

Srinagar: The Government Railway Police (GRP) officers in Jammu region were told to remain extra alert in areas close to the International Border by a senior police officer.

A statement issued by GRP said Inspector General of Police Railway J&K M Sulaiman Salaria reviewed security related meetings in Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu today and asked the officials to remain extra alert.

“The participants (officers) were instructed to remain extra alert in their area of responsibility and to keep an eagle eye at railway tracks, railway stations and in running trains located parallel and in close proximity to the International Border” the statement read.

“In view of previous infiltrations on the International Border, acts of sabotage and cross border terrorism at railway tracks, railway stations and running trains cannot be ruled out,” the statement said.

The statement further said that Salaria instructed the officials to deal politely with public especially with the Amarnath pilgrims and provide them necessary assistance and be firm with regard to their duties.

IR committed to provide better railway connectivity in J&K: Parliamentary Committee

The Consultative Committee meeting of Members of Parliament for Ministry of Railways was held in Srinagar yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that Indian Railways is committed to provide better railway connectivity in North-Eastern States and in the State of Jammu & Kashmir.

The Minister emphasized that the Prime Minister Narender Modi has been emphasizing on ensuring all-round development especially in infrastructure sector in Jammu & Kashmir State as well as in North-Eastern States.

Prabhu pointed out that the most of the railway projects have been declared national projects in these regions and adequate funds for them have been arranged from government of India.

The Minister said that efforts were being made to provide connectivity to all capitals of North Eastern states by 2020.  He said the work was going on the railway connectivity project between Katra and Banihal.

“Railways have made spectacular achievements and created engineering marvels despite challenging geological conditions, difficult terrain and adverse law and order situation,” he said.

“The field units in these regions have also been empowered for faster decision making to expedite execution. The projects are being constantly monitored both at Zonal level and at Railway Board level.  There is also a periodical review at the level of the Railway Minister, he pointed out,” the statement said.

The Members of the Committee participating in the meeting made several suggestions regarding passenger amenities and on expediting railway projects. Committee members later on visited Srinagar Railway Station. Chairman, Railway Board, A. K. Mital, Railway Board Members, Senior Officials from Ministry of Railways and Northern Railway were among those present on the occasion.