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Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project nearing completion

SRINAGAR, NOV 18: The Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Link (USBRL) project is inching closer to completion, heralding a new era of connectivity and accessibility for the region.

The USBRL project, one of the most ambitious railway projects in India, is poised to become a crucial lifeline for the people of the valley, fostering economic development and enhancing travel convenience.

The USBRL project, spanning over 345 miles, is designed to connect the picturesque towns of Udhampur, Srinagar, and Baramulla, weaving through challenging terrains and formidable geographic obstacles.

The project was initiated with the aim of integrating the Kashmir Valley seamlessly with the rest of the country, reducing travel time and boosting trade and tourism in the region.

The railway line traverses through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the country, including the Pir Panjal mountain range, presenting engineers and workers with formidable challenges.

Despite these obstacles, the dedicated efforts of the project team have propelled the construction forward, and the recent developments indicate that the final stages are well underway.

One of the top officials of the Railways expressed his satisfaction with the progress, stating, “The USBRL project is a testament to the engineering prowess and determination of the team involved. We have overcome numerous challenges, including adverse weather conditions and difficult terrains, to bring this dream to fruition. The completion of this project will be a game-changer for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We are hopeful that in the next six months, the rail will reach Srinagar from Jammu,” the official said, insisting not to be named.

The USBRL project is expected to significantly reduce travel time between Udhampur and Baramulla, providing a faster and more comfortable mode of transportation for both passengers and goods.

This enhanced connectivity is anticipated to boost economic activities, facilitate tourism, and create new opportunities for the local population.

The people of Jammu and Kashmir are eagerly awaiting the inauguration of the USBRL project, which is slated to be a momentous occasion for the region.

With the railway link nearing completion, the promise of improved connectivity and increased accessibility is on the horizon, heralding a new chapter in the socio-economic development of Jammu and Kashmir.

It is worth mentioning here that between Jammu-Udhampur-Katra in the Jammu region and Baramulla-Banihal in Kashmir, trains run regularly.

Banihal, Halar Shahabad, Qazigund, Sidhura, Anantnag, Bijbahara, Panzgam, Awantipora, Kakapura, Pampore, Srinagar, Budgam, Mazhama, Patan, Humire, Sopore, and Baramulla are 17 stations along the 135 km railway line.

The Railway ministry had already stated that a Vande Bharat Metro train will run between Jammu and Srinagar once the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project (USBRL) becomes fully operational.

Two of the bridges on the section are truly engineering marvels. One is the Chenab railway bridge —one of the highest in the world and the highest railway bridge in the country. The other is the AnjiAnji Khad bridge.

Chenab Railway Bridge is a structure that not only defies gravity but also claims the title of being one of the highest railway bridges globally. Towering majestically over the Chenab River, this bridge not only symbolizes the triumph of engineering over challenging topography but also represents a breathtaking spectacle against the backdrop of the Pir Panjal mountain range.

While not as towering as the Chenab Railway Bridge, the Anji Khad Bridge holds its own significance. Spanning the Anji Khad River, this bridge showcases the intricate design and meticulous planning required to overcome the diverse and challenging terrains of the region. Its construction represents a critical link in the overall connectivity of the USBRL project.

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