PM Modi flags off train from Katra
After a prolonged wait, pilgrims will be able to directly reach Katra, the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, by rail after Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags off the first train from the station located in Trikuta Hills in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district today.
Governor J&K N N Vohra, CM Omar Abdullah, Union railway minister Sadananda Gowda and Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS in PMO were also present during the flag of ceremony.
PM Modi while addressing the gathering said this facility is not only for the people of J&K but also for the people of India, who want to visit J&K. Narendra Modi assures people that there will be no shortage or obstacle in the development of Jammu and we will infact make Jammu’s development more qualitative.
Narendra Modi also suggested railway officials to name the train as Shrishakti express.
The train will traverse through seven tunnels and over 30 small and large bridges. There will be a small station – Chakrakhwal – between Udhampur and Katra.
The 25 km long Udhampur-Katra line, which is being commissioned today after prolonged delays, has been built at an estimated cost of Rs.1,132.75 crore.