Northern Railways nears completion of Katra-Banihal Railway line

Northern Railway officials have announced that the Katra-Banihal rail line, a crucial section of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Line (USBRL) project, is nearing completion, with 95 percent of the work finished. General Manager Shobhan Chaudhuri, along with senior officials, inspected the ongoing work and expressed satisfaction with the progress. Chief Administrative Officer S P Mahi explained that out of the total 272-kilometre stretch, 161 kilometres of railway tracks have already been commissioned. 

Despite facing geological, topographical, and meteorological challenges, the remaining 111-kilometre-long Katra-Banihal section is now 95 percent complete. Chaudhuri personally inspected the construction site, starting from Katra and reviewing tunnel T1 along with other officers. He also conducted a thorough inspection of the Chenab railway bridge, the highest bridge of its kind in the world. The significant progress made in the USBRL project brings Jammu and Kashmir closer to achieving a vital railway connection in the region.

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