Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link to open soon in India
20.02.2024 India Srinagar   49
Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link to open soon in India

Indian Railways is all set to commence train services on February 20 on the Banihal-Khari-Sumber-Sangaldhan section, a crucial 48.1 km stretch of the ambitious Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project. This will be an important step towards realizing the dream of connecting Srinagar with Kanyakumari.

The Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project stands out as one of the most ambitious railway initiatives in the post-Independence Himalayas. According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to virtually inaugurate this section by stopping the train coming from Sangaldan, although official confirmation is yet to be received.

Describing the project, a senior railway official in charge of the know-how emphasized that the aim is to create an all-weather, convenient and economically feasible transport network across the challenging terrain of the Pir Panjal range. USBRL aims to connect remote areas of the Himalayas with the rest of the country by integrating the Kashmir Valley with the Jammu region and the national railway network, the total length of which is 272 km, of which 161 km has already been operational.

If you believe According to reports, the Banihal-Hari-Samber-Sangaldhan section, which was constructed at a cost of INR 15,863 crore, is now ready for operation. The existing rail service from Baramulla to Banihal will be extended to Sangaldan, near the Ramban district headquarters. There are 16 bridges on the site, 11 major and four minor, as well as one highway overpass. More than 90% of this section consists of tunnels, including the country's longest transport tunnel T-50 with a length of 12.77 km in the Hari-Sumber section.

For the purpose safety and rescue, three evacuation tunnels with a total length of 30.1 km were built. The section also includes 30 bends over a length of 23.72 km. Advanced features such as ballastless tracks and inclined switches, a first for Indian Railways, contribute to the safety and comfort of passengers.

Security measures extend to CCTV systems, advanced tunnel safety technology, fire extinguishing systems and ventilation systems. The electrification phase of the Baramulla-Srinagar-Banihal-Sangaldhan section of the USBRL project covering 185.66 km of route and serving 19 railway stations has been completed.

This electrification, at a cost of INR 470.23 crore, enables the use of This section has the most modern Vande Bharat trains. Notable features include a 25 kV EPS inside the longest operating tunnel (T-80 tunnel in the Banihal-Quazigund section), specialized equipment for high-altitude work, as well as 132/33 kV traction substations at an altitude of more than 1600 m above sea level.

Source: timesofindia

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