Northern Railways declared the 25-km Udhampur-Katra line ready for opening after running a full train from New Delhi to Katra last week. Trains presently go up to Udhampur and this link will come as a boon to pilgrims travelling to the cave shrine. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected soon to inaugurate the much-awaited train service to Katra.
The rail track, constructed at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore, will be the first major project inaugurated by the PM in J&K.During his inspection visit last week, Pradeep Kumar, general manager of Northern Railways, said the track was ready for inauguration. An official said no further inspection of the track was needed as all deficiencies pointed out by the Commissioner for Railways Safety (CRS) in his report in January were rectified.