NEW DELHI: J&K Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who is in the national capital, called on the Railway Minister Piyush Goel here on Wednesday. She brought several issues of the state pertaining to Railways with the Union Minister and sought their early redress.
The Chief Minister strongly pitched for early completion of Katra-Banihal section of Jammu-Baramulla railway line to connect the state with rest of the country through an all-weather link. She also sought extension of rail link up to Kupwara in Kashmir and Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu province.
The Union Minister issued on the spot instructions to the Railway Ministry for a review and advancement of the completion date of the Katra-Banihal section of the Jammu-Baramulla railway line.
Agreeing in principle to the extension of rail link to Kupwara in Kashmir province and Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu province, Piyush Goel informed the Chief Minister that preliminary survey in this regard had been completed and the project was being examined for funding in the central government. The demand for extension of rail link, it may be mentioned here, came during frequent visits Chief Minister conducted of Kupwara and Pir Panjal areas.
The Union Minister also informed Mehbooba Mufti that Railways would run cold store containers from Jammu to other parts of the country to ferry horticulture produce from the state. It was agreed upon in the meeting that the Secretary, Horticulture would pursue the matter with the Railway authorities in this regard.
Jammu & Kashmir being a tourist state, Mehbooba Mufti also sought running of more trains from Jammu to Mumbai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad to get more tourists to the state. The Union Minister informed her that his ministry started a weekly train-Humsafar- from Kolkata to Jammu in view of the tourist rush from the area. It was decided in the meeting that the Secretary, Tourism and Member, Traffic of the Railway Board would jointly explore the possibilities in this regard.