J&K: Banihal-Khari section of rail line of USBRL project to be thrown open today after scheduled CRS inspection

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New Delhi, Dec 3: In Jammu and Kashmir, the Banihal-Khari section of the rail line of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project will be thrown open today after the scheduled Commissioner of Railways Safety (CRS) inspection.

The 14.869 km Banihal-Khari rail track will be thrown open today and the Ferozpur Division of Northern Railway has instructed people to stay away from the Banihal-Khari track.

A high-speed trial of the section by special train will be conducted by the CRS after the trolley inspection.

Thereafter, new line train work will start between Banihal-Khari Stations of the USBRL project.

During the inspection, the USBRL, construction officers and other concerned officers shall accompany the CRS and the CRS will check the newly constructed railway line which will be opened with electric train operation shortly.

Worth to mention, it will be the first step after years of work between Udhampur-Banihal Section of the USBRL-a dream national project.

The Khari Railway Station falls between Banihal and Katra on the remaining 111 km stretch of the USBRL project.

The Banihal-Khari Railway Station is expected to be thrown open anytime whereas the entire Katra-Banihal stretch is scheduled to open by March 2024.

Once the track is opened for operations, Kashmir Valley will connect with the rest of the states of the country through all-weather rail connectivity.(

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