By 2024, KASHMIR Will Have Train Access to the Rest of India, Says Minister

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Udhampur: On Sunday, Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State for Science, Technology, and Personnel and Public Grievances, announced that Kashmir would soon be connected to the rest of the nation by a railway network in the early 2024.

Through video conferencing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier today laid the cornerstone for the massive project to renovate 508 railway stations around the nation as part of the Amrit Bharat Station initiative.

These 508 stations are dispersed among 27 states and union territories, with 55 stations each in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, 49 in Bihar, 44 in Maharashtra, 37 in West Bengal, 34 in Madhya Pradesh, 32 in Assam, 25 in Odisha, 22 in Punjab, 21 in Gujarat and Telangana, 20 in Jharkhand, 18 in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, 15 in Haryana, and 13 in Karnataka.

“Kashmir will have a train connection to the rest of the nation by the end of this year or the beginning of next. This involves Udhampur significantly, according to Jitendra Singh.

He continued by saying that Udhampur Railway Station was one of the 508 stations that PM Modi lay the cornerstone for today.

Overall, 295 crore will be spent on the reconstruction of three stations in Jammu and Kashmir, with a maximum of 259 crore to be spent on the Jammu Station, 20 crore on Udhampur, and 15.94 crore on the Budgam Station, he added.

He attacked the previous administration, saying, “This style of Leadership is lacking in the previous Administration. Several projects were started by PM Modi in J-K to develop Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the Udhampur district. Under Narendra Modi’s direction, Udhampur underwent a number of advancements. Early governments showed little interest in the advancement of underdeveloped areas.

The Prime Minister essentially lay the cornerstone for the redevelopment of 508 railway stations, including Udhampur Railway Station, in a significant move meant to improve the nation’s rail infrastructure.

The gigantic project is thought to be costing about 25,000 crore.

The Railway Authorities’ Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, which took place on the campus of Railway Station Udhampur, was broadcast during a special programme in the meantime. The chief guest was Dr. Jitendra Singh, a minister of state in the prime minister’s office.

On this occasion, leaders, senior citizens, students, and residents were present along with Deputy Commissioner Udhampur Sachin Kumar, Chairman District Development Council Udhampur Lal Chand, Senior Superintendent of Police Udhampur, and others.

Manoj Sinha, the lieutenant governor of Jammu and Kashmir, also went to the Budgam ceremony.

The project, which is a component of the expansive plan to renovate railway stations, intends to remodel and modernise railway stations across the country by supplying cutting-edge equipment and increased passenger amenities.

As one of the stations chosen for this distinguished programme, Udhampur Railway Station will undergo extensive renovations in order to satisfy the expanding needs of commuters and offer a first-rate travelling experience.

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