Kashmir Valley gets connected by rail

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    Banihal: Northern Railways Friday made history as the first train chugged through India's longest railway tunnelthrough the Pir Panjal mountain range, connecting Kashmir Valley to Banihal town on Srinagar-Jammu National highway.
    The train on a trial run, arrived at Banihal station from Qazigund in Anantnag district of Kashmir, was witnessed by hundreds of local residents of this highway town.

    The train chugged in at the station amidst thunderous applause from the people, who had assembled here to witness the historic achievement of Indian railways.

    The trial run was scheduled to be conducted yesterday but had to be postponed following protests by residents of villages falling along Qazigund-Banihal railway link, who were demanding a one-minute haltstation for the train at Hillad village.
    The protesters, backed by alocal politician, tried to block the track today again but were persuaded by the civil administration officials to allow the train to pass.

    A P Mishra, member of the Railway Board, said the trainservices between Banihal and Kashmir Valley will start in February or March next year while the entire railway project connecting the Valleywith the rest of the country will be completed by 2017.
    While the Baramulla-Srinagar-Qazigund link is functional for the past four years, this was the first timethat a train has crossed the mighty Pir Panjal Mountain range.

    The highlight of the Qazigund-Banihal link is the 11.21 km tunnel ? the longest railway tunnel in India, which has reduced the distance between the two towns by 50 per cent.

    The tunnel, which was constructed by Hindustan Construction Corporation (HCC), will reduce the travel distance between Qazigund and Banihal from 35 kilometres (by road) to just 17.5 kilometres (by train).

    The Pir Panjal tunnel, which is the second longest in Asia, is a vital link in the Railway dream project of connecting Kashmir to Udhampur in Jammu region.

    The tunnel is 8.40 metres wide with a height of 7.39 metres. There is a provisionof a three metre wide road along the length of the tunnel for the purpose of maintenance and emergency relief.

    The rail link will provide an alternative link between Kashmir and rest of the country as Srinagar-Jammu National Highway gets blocked regularly due to heavy snowfall during winter months.

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    Indian Railways makes history, connects Kashmir Valley to Banihal town

    Indian Railways makes history, connects Kashmir Valley to Banihal town

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    Northern Railways on December 28 made history as the first train chugged through India's longest railway tunnel through the Pir Panjal mountain range, connecting Kashmir Valley to Banihal town on Srinagar-Jammu National highway.

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    The train on a trial run, arrived at Banihal station from Qazigund in Anantnag district of Kashmir, was witnessed by hundreds of local residents of this highway town.

    While the Baramulla-Srinagar-Qazigund link is functional for the past four years, this was the first time that a train has crossed the mighty Pir Panjal Mountain range.


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    The highlight of the Qazigund-Banihal link is the 11.21 km tunnel - the longest railway tunnel in India, which has reduced the distance between the two towns by half.

    The tunnel, which was constructed by Hindustan Construction Corporation (HCC), will reduce the travel distance between Qazigund and Banihal from 35 kilometres (by road) to just 17.5 kilometres (by train).

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    The Pir Panjal tunnel, which is the second longest in Asia, is a vital link in the Railway dream project of connecting Kashmir to Udhampur in Jammu region.

    The tunnel is 8.40 metres wide with a height of 7.39 metres. There is a provision of a three metre wide road along the length of the tunnel for the purpose of maintenance and emergency relief.

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    The rail link will provide an alternative link between Kashmir and rest of the country as Srinagar-Jammu National Highway gets blocked regularly due to heavy snowfall during winter months.

    The trial run was scheduled to be conducted on December 27 but had to be postponed following protests by residents of villages falling along Qazigund-Banihal railway link, who were demanding a one-minute halt station for the train at Hillad village.

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    It will be a great boon for the Kashmiris, tourists and even the SF since the arduous journey by road will be a distant past!
     
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    Re: Indian Railways makes history, connects Kashmir Valley to Banihal

    This development shall connect Kashmiri people with rest of the country & help in faster development & employment in the valley.
     
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    Re: Indian Railways makes history, connects Kashmir Valley to Banihal

    still other parts like tn using garbage trains inspite of heavy revenue(both income tax,other taxes ,train fare etc) but this kashmiris are lucky to have all brand new but still cries
     
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