जम्मू Jammu: Indian Railways, in coordination with state police, has restored a total of 57 km of tracks and made operational eight railway stations from Baramulla to Nowgam in north Kashmir, and efforts were on to make the remaining stations in south Kashmir functional.
“57 km railway track from Baramulla to Nowgam has been restored and all the eight railway stations in North Kashmir have been made functional,” Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar said.
“Police, in coordination with the railways, has been undertaking strenuous efforts to restore train service in the Valley,” he said, adding the remaining railway stations in south Kashmir will start functioning within next few days.
The DGP assured the railway authorities that police will provide all the required assistance for restoration of rail service in the flood-hit Valley.
He said in order to coordinate in rescue and relief work with the civil administration, police tele-communication network is being strengthened and satellite phones, wireless sets are provided to the designated officers assigned with the rescue and relief operations.
Police Tele-communication Control Room has been set up at Police Headquarters (PHQ) to facilitate the communication between different agencies involved in rescue operations and restoration works, he said.
Kumar asked the officers of the force to mobilise their resources and coordinate with the civil administration to ease the problems of the people hit by devastating floods.
The DGP directed all Zonal Inspectors General of Police, range DIGs, District Superintendents and Commandants of Armed and IRP battalions to mobilise their subordinate establishments and work round the clock for the rescue and assistance of the people in their respective areas.
Kumar, during his visit to the flood-hit areas, sought reports from the field officers about the functioning of police establishments during the evacuation of people from the flood hit areas.
He was told that police personnel under the command of senior officers rescued the people trapped in the floods.
The DGP expressed satisfaction over the functioning of police stations hit by the floods, which have started their work of public service from the nearest safer locations.
Restoration of rail link between Jammu, Katra may take ‘month’
The restoration of train connectivity between Jammu and Katra may take a long time as a bridge between Bajalta and Sangar has been damaged badly with the heavy rain in Jammu.
The rail link between Jammu and Katra remained closed for the third consecutive day due to landslides at many spots on the railway track and a bridge between Bajalta and Sangar getting badly damaged.
The 78-km-long Jammu-Katra rail link was suspended on Saturday due to the heavy rain in Jammu. A team of the Northern Railway has inspected the damage on the track as well as the bridge between Bajalta and Sangarh.
The railway authorities, however, have not disclosing the time of restoration of the rail link, but as per the sources, the repair of bridge may take long and the pilgrims of the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine will have to go by road only.
“Due to soil erosion from the sides of the bridge, it has caved in and it may take a month to restore the bridge, depending upon the speed of work by the construction department of the Northern Railway,” sources said.
RN Meena, Divisional Traffic Manager, said, “The train service between Jammu and Katra has been suspended as a bridge between Bajalta and Sangar was damaged in the flood and there are heavy landslides between Jammu and Sangar.”
“A team, headed by Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), is on the site and inspecting the damage,” he added.
The 25-km-long rail link between Udhampur and Katra was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narender Modi on July 4, which provided a direct train link for Katra for the pilgrims of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine.