Srinagar: The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir will get specially designed Vande Bharat Express soon. The Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Line to be operational early next year. This was announced by Union Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnav who on a state visit arrived in Srinagar on Saturday.
The Minister visited Budgam Railway Station and inquired about various procedures related to maintenance of trains at Carriage & Wagon Depot, Budgam. He had a detailed discussion with the officers on all matters related to maintenance of trains and gave necessary guidelines.
Vaishnav then undertook a journey from Budgam Railway Station to Baramulla Railway Station by special inspection car. He made a detailed overview of the safety and security of the railway section and took stock of the passenger amenities at Baramulla Railway Station.
The Minister discussed with the concerned railway officers the development works to be done at Baramulla Railway Station. He also interacted with Railway employees and inspected the dry fruit stall of “One Station One Product”. He appreciated the local dry fruits of Baramulla and purchased them using digital mode of payment.
After this, Vaishnav reached Srinagar Railway Station in a special inspection car. The Parcel Office was inaugurated at Srinagar Railway Station in presence of the minister. The Minister also inspected the stall of “One Station One Product” at Srinagar Railway Station.
The Minister addressed a large number of journalists present at Srinagar Railway Station. He said that the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Line (USBRL) project will be completed by Jan/Feb 2024. The budget allocation for USBRL was about Rs 800 crore per year before 2014, which has been increased to Rs 6,000 crore in the year 2022-23, he added. After connecting with the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla train service, a specially built Vande Bharat train will be introduced in this rail section, Vaishnav further said.