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With a view to provide an alternative and a reliable transportation system to Jammu & Kashmir, Govt. of India planned a 345 km. long Railway Line joining the Kashmir Valley with the Indian Railways network. The Project has been declared as a Project of National Importance.

The Jammu-Udhampur-Katra-Quazigund-Baramulla Railway line is the biggest project in the construction of a mountain railway since independence. From Jammu to Baramulla, length of the new rail line is 345 km. It passes through the young Himalayas, tectonic thrusts and faults. The work on Jammu-Udhampur section (53 Km) has been completed and opened to public by Hon’ble Prime Minister in April, 2005.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on October 11, 2008 inaugurated the Qazigund-Baramulla Section (Anantnag to Rajwansher (66 km) of the Railway Project envisaged to connect Kashmir Valley with rest of the country. It is worthwhile to mention that the 53 km first section of the rail project between Jammu & Udhampur was completed at a cost of Rs. 552 crore.

The section from Rajwansher to Baramulla (35 km) was inaugurated and dedicated to the nation on 14th Feburary, 2009 The section from Quazigund to Anantnag (18 km) was opened to the public on 28th of October, 2009 and the section from Banihal-Qazigund connecting Bichleri Valley of Banihal with Qazigund in Kashmir Valley was opened to public on 26 June,2013.

Work on 25 km Udhampur to Katra section has also been completed and was opened on 4th July, 2014 by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. This section involves about 10.9 km of tunneling, 9 important/major bridges, 29 minor bridges and 10 ROB/RUBs in addition to about 38.86 lakh cum of earthwork. The tallest bridge in this section is 85 metres high and longest tunnel is 3.15 km long.

The length from Udhampur to Baramulla is 292 km and has been divided into three sections, details of which are as under.

 


Item

Udhampur-Katra

Katra-Quazigund

Quazigund-Baramulla

Total

Length

25 km

148 km

119 km

292 km 

Important/Major Bridges 

9

92

64

165

Minor Bridges

29

27

640

696 

Tunnel length

10.9 km.

109.54 km

-

120.44 

No. of Stations

3

12

15

30 

This project has various special & unique features and several firsts in Indian Railways.

Item

Udhampur-Katra

Katra-Quazigund

Quazigund-Baramulla

Max Curvature

2.75o

2.75o

2.75o

Max. height of Bridge

85 m

359 m

13 m

Longest span

154m Steel Girder over river Jhajjar

465 m Steel Arch over river Chenab

45 m

Longest tunnel

3.15 km.

10.96 km

-

Max Height of Bank

21 m

55 m

9.7 m

Max Depth of Cutting

20 m

40 m

12 m

Alignment on Curvature

14%

37.83%

14.66%

 

   
     
     
     
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