Katra Railway Station

Katra rail link misses another deadline, though preparations in full swing

The much-delayed train service to Katra, the base camp to the famous Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir, has missed another deadline and will not be ready for commissioning by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he visits Jammu next week.

The flagging of a train to Katra from Udhampur to cover the 25-km long stretch was kept in the tentative schedule of the Prime Minister after initial assurances from the Railways that the line will be ready for commissioning, official sources said today.

Manmohan Singh will be in Jammu on February three to attend the National Science Congress.

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Several trials were conducted in the recent weeks and even an Advance Security Liaison, a pre-requisite before visit of any VVIP, was also done in connection with opening the new rail line, the sources said.

However, Railways backed out at the last moment when the itinerary of the Prime Minister was being finalised, citing that the Commissioner of Railway Safety(CRS) was not satisfied with one of the several bridges in the rail route.

(PTI Inputs)

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