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Udhampur-Katra train

Katra solar project to save ₹ 1 crore energy bill for railways

Pitching for green power, the Railways have set up 1 megawatt solar power plant at Katra station, a move that can save up to ₹ 1 crore annually on energy bills and also significant reduction of carbon dioxide at rail premises. In keeping with the motto of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ for sustainable development and as a significant way to thwart climate change impact, we have been undertaking several green initiatives including the installation of the 1 megawatt solar power plant at Katra station, said a senior Northern Railway official. The solar project was commissioned in March this year and presently, out of 5,000 units produced daily by the plant, only 1,700 to 1,800 units are utilized by Shri Mata …

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Over 1 lakh pilgrims visit Vaishnodevi during Navratras

Over one lakh pilgrims have visited Katra and paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi during the ongoing festival of navratras. Around 1,05,801 pilgrims visited the Katra and paid obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine during the Navratras, Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) officials said. On the fourth day of the Navratra festival 2015 yesterday, about 28,838 yatris visited Katra and paid obeisance at the Shrine, according to the Yatra registration counter (YRC) Katra, the officials said. Around 14,000 more pilgrims paid reverence on the third day of the Navratras at the pilgrimage. In the first two days, 62,963 pilgrims had visited the shrine with 37,848 and 25,118 visiting on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. The Navratra …

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CM approves Rs 193 cr outlay for Jammu, Rs 141 cr for Reasi

Mufti says District Development Boards are mini-legislatures; Vows to strengthen them Describing District Development Boards (DDBs) as mini-legislatures and institutions of inclusivity, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said the decisions taken in the District Development Board meetings shall have to be implemented in letter and spirit. “District Development Boards are the institutions of empowerment for the legislators. This well-established institutional mechanism makes them part of the implementation process at the ground level. I will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the credibility and authority of the institution DDB is restored fully,” Sayeed said while chairing the District Development Board meetings of Jammu and Reasi districts here today. The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, who is also …

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Indian railways to run a bi-weekly train for Katra from Kalka from June 2

Catering to the growing demand of pilgrims travelling to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, railways will run a new bi-weekly train for Katra from Kalka from June 2. The inaugural run of Kalka-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra train will be from Kalka at 1.40 PM today and from Katra at 9.30 PM tomorrow, said a senior Northern Railway official. The new train will have AC2, AC3, Sleeper and general second class accommodation. Regular run of the train will start from June 2 from Kalka and June 3 from Katra. The train will depart from Kalka at 7 PM on every Tuesday and Friday to arrive at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra station at 4.45 AM the next day. …

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Five hurt in clashes at Army recruitment rally in Reasi

Five people including a policeman and a woman were injured in clashes during an Army recruitment rally in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district on Monday. The chaos broke out during the Territorial Army recruitment rally at Subsidiary Training Centre (STC) in Talwara belt of Reasi district as aspirants rushed towards the entrance in large numbers while those rejected started pushing each other on the way out, police said. Police resorted to mild cane charge as the crowd clashed with them in which five persons including a cop and a woman suffered minor injuries, they said, adding that the situation was brought under control and the screening of aspirants is underway. The rally organised for recruitment to the posts of Soldier …

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Train to Katra: Railways start losing revenue from Day one

The train services to Katra were launched with much fanfare on Friday but in the last three days not even once the ticket collectors have bothered to check the railway tickets of passengers traveling in large numbers from Jammu. Unlike all other trains the DMU coaches traveling on the route have not been provided with adequate staff to listen to the grievances of the passengers and even to check their tickets. Interestingly, no Ticket checker has been seen spotted standing at the exit gates of the Katra railway station or at Jammu railway station  who can check the valid tickets. If this kind of laxity is allowed to continue for some more time soon the railway authorities would come out …

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Train to Katra: New DMU Coaches vanished in only 3 days?

Only three days have passed when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated train services to Katra and the new DMU bogies,decorated for the official flag off ceremony, have simply vanished. Barring Friday when school children had embarked on their life’s maiden journey the passengers/pilgrims travelling on the route have been doing so in old and worn out coaches of DMU running between Udhampur and Pathankot for past several years. In the absence of new coaches pressed in to service the pilgrims traveling on the old coaches have been facing lot of hardships. Since Mata Vaishno Devi bound pilgrims arrive here from distant locations they are in the habit of using mobile toilets on board rail bogies but DMU coaches have …

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PM dedicating the Udhampur-Katra Railway Line to the Nation. He unveiled the plaque at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra

PM Modi dedicated the Udhampur-Katra Railway Line to the Nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the Udhampur-Katra rail link by flagging of the Vaishno Devi Express. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged  off Katra-Udhampur train, the first train from Katra railway  station, facilitating pilgrims to visit Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, located in the Trikuta hills in Reasi  district.The Prime Minister was accompanied by state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Railways Minister D V Sadananda Gowda.  

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Some Amazing photos of Udhampur-Katra rail link

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the Udhampur-Katra rail link by flagging of the Vaishno Devi Express. The 25 km stretch from Udhapmur to Katra has cost Rs 1100 crore and has taken nearly 12 years to be made. The train will pass through 10 tunnels covering a distance of 10.9 km. All tunnels are illuminated and the longer tunnels have been provided state of art ventilation and systems for safety and rescue. The tunnel number 23 is the longest on the section having a length of 3.120 km.

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PM Modi to flag-off train to Katra in the absense of Ghulam Nabi Azad, Dr Farooq Abdullah, Mufti Mohd Syeed, Prof Soz

Flagging off ceremony of different rail links of Jammu Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla national rail project has always attracted national headlines and presence of tall leaders belonging to the state of J&K. Between 2005 and 2013 several rail links were inaugurated and every time Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, senior leaders of the state including Dr Farooq Abdullah, Mufti Mohd Sayeed, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Prof Saif Ud Din Soz and parliamentarians added to the list of prominent political personalities on the main podium during different time periods. But on Friday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi would flag off the train service on the 25 km link connecting Katra with Udhampur and the rest of the country leaders …

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