Lingering rail project from Baramulla gets Centre nod. Railway establishments in J&K to get foolproof security and new Jammu-Haridwar train to ply soon: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu
Jammu: While responding to the demands of the legislators and party leaders, the Minister said that a new satellite terminal would also be undertaken at Jammu to decongest the existing railway station in Jammu.
Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu today said Indian Railways is taking steps to connect Jammu and Kashmir with rest of the country through railway line starting from the northern district of Baramulla and in this regard the project which was left in limbo has been fast paced by holding regular periodical meetings about its implementation besides providing the requisite funds for it.
“In order to ensure that the handicraft sector which is one of the main pillars of the State’s economy gets the requisite boost, the railways will be contributing its bit by ensuring that it is promoted and propagated through e-retailing so that its market grows across the nation and it would in turn boost the economy of this part of country”, he said addressing a meeting here attended Deputy Chief Minister and other ministers.
“Special tourist trains with open roof tops would be introduced shortly so that the tourist related activities get a boost”. He said new and special trains would be run in the Jammu sector which would cater to the huge rush of pilgrims coming from different parts to pay their obeisance at holy places in the State.
While responding to the demands of the legislators and party leaders, the Minister said that a new satellite terminal would also be undertaken at Jammu to decongest the existing railway station in Jammu.
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh while speaking on the occasion said the new railway projects being undertaken in Lakhanpur-Billawar-Bhaderwah and Jammu-Rajouri-Poonch would go a long way in providing the much needed railway connectivity.
The ministers, legislators at the meeting projected several demands which include construction of a new railway satellite station at Kunjwani, two railways stations at Tikri and Dharam Kund, fast pacing the Jammu-Poonch railway line, science trains for the students, increasing the halting time of trains at the Jammu railway station, undertaking Sadbhavna like programmes for creating perceptional management in youth, separate bogies for females in Banihal-Srinagar and other routes, exploring the provision of starting mono rails in Jammu-Srinagar and declaring the old railway line adjoining the Kala Kendra as a heritage site.
Railway Minister calls on Governor
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu today met Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra here and discussed various issues relating to Katra-Banihal rail link.
Railway Minister assures foolproof security to Railway establishments in J&K, and assure New Jammu-Haridwar train soon
Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu today said that all railway establishments including tracks in Jammu and Kashmir would be protected under a “well knit plan.”
“We are preparing an elaborate plan to ensure foolproof security at all railway establishments including stations and tracks in Jammu and Kashmir,” Prabhu told reporters on the sidelines of a function here today.
Condemning Pathankote attack, Prabhu said, “Due to geographical location the entire area is sensitive.”
“I spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh. We are preparing a plan to ensure foolproof security of the railway track and establishments in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Earlier, addressing a gathering after laying foundation stone for a multiplex complex, escalators, lifts, mechanized laundry and an executive lounge at Jammu Railway Station, Prabhu said that Jammu and Kashmir is not another state of the country “but it’s the most important part of country, which is under personal care of Prime Minister and union government is providing liberal funds to the state.”
“The vision of PM Narendra Modi about upgrading surface link in the country is a ‘history in making’ and railway is implementing this vision keenly,” he said.
He claimed that the Railways have initiated major reforms with special focus on customer service and a visible change is being felt.
He said: “In coming days the state will get major projects, including Poonch railway line, which is important for security point of view also.”
“I am planning a sitting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Road Surface Minister Nitin Gadkari, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Dr Jitendra Singh (MoS in PM office) in Delhi, in which we will decide to work on common projects, including the upcoming Delhi-Amritsar-Jammu- Katra expressway along the laid railway line, strategically important Jammu-Poonch railway line, footprints of Rail in Ladakh, and upgradation of existing facilities,” he informed.
He said that the sitting of all concerned Ministers under one roof will save time, and help early start of works.
Wishing early recovery for Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed admitted in AIIMS after he fell sick on December 24, 2015, Railway Minister said, “I hope and pray Mufti Sahib get well soon and we work together to fulfil the dream of all inclusive growth for the state”.
Speaker J&K Assembly Kavinder Gupta, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Minister for Industries Chanader Parkesh Ganga, Minister of State (PMO) Jitender Singh, two local parliamentarians Shamsher Singh and Jugal Kishore, BJP state president and MLA Jammu West Sat Sharma and MLA Jammu East Rajesh Gupta were present on the occasion.
Railways will start a new train between Jammu and Haridwar by March this year.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said steps are being taken to increase rail connectivity of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country.
“Jammu and Kashmir is a very important state, a state close to our heart. It is our duty to connect the Valley with Delhi and the hearts of the country.”
“We are making plans to further connect J&K through railways,” he said at an event here.
He said that an integrated plan would soon be made which would be submitted to the Finance Minister for provision of funds.
On the demand of railway overbridges, the minister said that while in other states 50 per cent of the financial burden for construction of such bridges is borne by the state governments, in Jammu and Kashmir the railway ministry would fully fund them.
He said that a train connecting Jammu to Haridwar would be started before Shivratri this year.
He said that “a special train for Kashmir Valley would also be started soon. Modi government is committed for the overall growth of the railways to provide better facilities so that people enjoy their railway trip.”