Katra, Jul 4 UNI | 18 days ago

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today underlined the importance of railways in a state like Jammu and Kashmir and highlighted the need of early completion of unconnected stretches of Jammu-Baramulla Railway track adding that economic linkage of Jammu and Kashmir will get comprehensive boost by this initiative.

''There is a need for linking Poonch-Rajouri, Doda-Kishtwar in Jammu Division with the railways and extension of railway tracks in Kashmir Valley to various places particularly Tangmarg, Pahalgam and other tourist resorts,'' Mr Abdullah said while addressing the gathering on the occasion of inauguration of Katra Railway Station here by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

The Chief Minister said rail in Kashmir was a dream and referred the significant contribution made by Atal Behari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh in realising this cherished desire of the people.

''Economic linkage in Jammu and Kashmir and with the rest of country is largely dependent on railways,'' he said and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inaugurating the railway track from Udhampur to Katra and expressed the hope that the demand of the state for the extension of railway link to various areas would be accommodated for the larger economic and developmental interests of the state.

Mr Abdullah also sought Prime Minister's intervention in the upgradation and improvement of Jammu Railway Station besides the implementation of various tourist attraction and beautification projects formulated and conceived by the Jammu and Kashmir to make Jammu and Srinagar cities model cities in the country.

(Posted on 04-07-2014)