India’s New Railway : Jammu and Kashmir’s Rail Link

India’s New Railway : A new rail link between Banihal and Qazigund, in Jammu and Kashmir, includes India’s longest rail tunnel.

The rail link between Banihal and Qazigund in Jammu and Kashmir includes a 11 kilometer tunnel. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his speech at the inauguration, said this is the longest rail tunnel in the country. It took seven years to complete the tunnel. Shown, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, third from right, and Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, fourth from right, flagged off the train service.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and federal Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad were also present at the inauguration ceremony. This rail link connects the Jammu region to the Kashmir valley, otherwise separated by the Pir Panjal mountain range. Another new rail link connecting Banihal and Udhampur, a city in Jammu and Kashmir, is expected to be completed by 2017. This link will connect Kashmir with the rest of the country’s railway network.

India has one of the most elaborate railway networks in the world with a total track length of around 114,000 kilometers. According to reports in Indian media, the new rail link will cut down the travelling time to about 12 minutes. It takes over an hour to make the same journey by road, the reports said.


Source : Wall Street Journal

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