Jammu, May 14 UNI | 2 months ago

The much awaited Katra-Udhampur rail link is likely to be inaugurated next month, official sources said here today.

"The Katra-Udhampur rail link, which was scheduled to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in February this year was postponed after some technical snag erupted in one of the bridges on the track," sources said.

They said that as the repair work of the 'Jhajjar Bridge' is almost completed and the work of lifting is also done, the train from Udhampur to Katra may get inaugurated in the month of June.

"Besides repairing the technical snags on the track, the work at the Udhampur and Katra Railway Stations is also at the final stage," he said adding that escalators are being installed at Katra Railway Station while other facilities have also been made ahead of the inauguration.

The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) who inspected the track in January 2014 did not submit his clearance report for commencement of the service on the track to the Railways authorities.

The Railway authorities, however, in December 2013 had conducted successful trial run of a train on 25 km-long Udhampur-Katra track, which would improve connectivity to the base camp of Mata Vaishnodevi cave shrine.

General Manager, Northern Railways, D K Gupta was on board a special train with 14 boggies during the test run.

(Posted on 15-05-2014)