A major portion of the rail tunnel which is 12.75 km long in the entire UBSR Link has been completed
The Railways has recently completed a major portion of work on the longest rail tunnel in the country in the Ramban sector of the Jammu region clearing all the bottlenecks at the railway tracks would be removed. With this, the Kashmir valley will get connected with the rest of India by train very soon.
This all-weather and cost-effective connectivity shall prove to be a boon for the economy of Jammu and Kashmir besides catalyzing industrialization, movement of raw materials, trade, tourism, and employment generation as well, as stated in a monthly newsletter covering government policies and initiatives.
It is one of the most remarkable projects by the government and once completed will be revolutionary for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The project has great significance for security and socio-economic development. It can play important role in rapid industrialization, movement of raw materials and finished products from J-K, and encourage trade and tourism in the region apart from providing an opportunity for employment, an official said. Similarly, it will be a boon for the development of agriculture, horticulture, and floriculture in this area.
The project manager of this tunnel said that a major portion of the work on the rail tunnel which is 12.75 km long in the entire Udhampur-Baramulla-Srinagar Rail (UBSR) Link in Jammu and Kashmir, has been completed. The engineers have named this tunnel T49, and they are very keen to complete it as soon as possible so that Kashmir valley is linked by train to the rest of the country.
The project manager said that it was very difficult to complete so much of the work on this tunnel as it surpasses the Peer Panjal Tunnel (11.2 km) in length and the work has been very challenging so far.
Sustainable connectivity to this region is very important for the national security, prosperity, and socio-economic development of the region. Despite vast resources, Kashmir valley lagged behind in terms of development due to a lack of railway connectivity. From time to time, the Central and the UT governments made serious efforts to establish rail connectivity to the region for which a number of railway projects have been initiated which are under execution in different stages.
Constructing the railway route to this isolated region has involved significant engineering challenges. Far from being an ordinary scheme, the 345 km route crosses major earthquake zones and is subjected to extreme temperatures of cold and heat, as well as inhospitable terrain.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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