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Bogey Rolls Out

The Jammu-Kashmir rail link gets a final fillip

Bogey Rolls Out
Bogey Rolls Out
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An internal committee set up last year by the ministry to look into the problems before the project and to discuss realignment options is to submit its report on May 31. But the feedback indicates it has given the green signal to the beleaguered project. "We have looked into all the concerns. There was a doubt about whether the bridge could withstand the pressure and altitude. These worries have been resolved and we are proceeding. No changes to the alignment have been made. Very minor changes have been introduced for the Chenab Bridge," Sree Prakash, member (traffic), railway ministry, told Outlook.

According to Prakash, 7 km of the 11-km Banihal Pass Tunnel through the Pir Panjal range is done. "By July this year, we'll do the tunnel. We'll finish the Udhampur-to-Katra stretch by 2011. From Katra to Banihal is another 120 km, which will take us 5-6 years more after that." The 11 km tunnel from Banihal, which falls in the Jammu region, to Lower Munda in the Kashmir Valley is being constructed using the New Austrian Tunnelling method, at an estimated cost of Rs 2,400 crore.

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