Mehbooba flags off ‘Vaadi Ki Sair’

Fortnightly train-run to provide outing, exploring avenues to kids

SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 11: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today flagged off a fortnightly train service exclusively for children between Banihal and Baramulla.

The Chief Minister flagged off the train at Qazigund and travelled with the children till Baramulla and finally de-boarded at Srinagar. She interacted with the children and asked them to devote time to their studies and extracurricular activities in equal measure.

The children also had lot of fun on the train. They were seen reciting rhymes, singing songs and enjoying Nature.
Minister for R&B, Abdul Rehman Veeri, Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar, Ministers of State, Asiea Naqash, Mir Zahoor and Priya Sethi, MPs, legislators, senior officers of divisional administration, senior officers of Northern Railways and large number of people joined the train run at several stops.

On every alternate Sunday the train service would take off from Banihal at 8.15 am and reach Baramulla at 10.40 am from where it would return back at 10.50 am to reach Banihal back at 01.35 pm. The train would again move from Banihal at 02.10 pm and reach Baramulla at 05.05 pm to finally return back at 05.15 pm for the day.

The train would have stops at Qazigund, Anantnag, Awantipora, Srinagar, Budgam and Sopore before reaching Baramulla. In today’s inaugural run, students from Government run schools were taken on the ride but subsequently the facility would be thrown open to children of private schools as well.

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