Separate Plan for J&K Railways in Offing

JAMMU: Union Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhu Saturday said that the Central Government would soon prepare separate plan for Jammu and Kashmir in Railway sector so that it gets properly augmented by introducing new rails and also undertaking the work on other projects like Jammu-Rajouri-Poonch and Billawar-Bani-Bhaderwah.

Prabhu was speaking after laying the foundation stones of executing lounge, escalators, lifts and mechanised laundry and inaugurating the Multiplex complex at Jammu Tawi Railway Station here today.

The Multiplex complex would have two portions of rail yatri niwas and passengers amenity center and other facilities.   

Several ministers and senior officers of Northern Railways and State Administration were present on the occasion.       

While highlighting recent initiatives taken up by the Prime Minister both within the country and abroad to revive Indian economy, the Minister said that it is due to his tireless efforts that the Indian economy has been showing positive growth and time is not far away when India will be surpassing China and emerging as a major economic force of the globe. 

He said the positive impact of the Prime Minister’s foreign visits and economic cooperation with world countries in improving FDI across so many sectors in India and inconsonance with the same railways have initiated major reforms keeping in line with the economic agenda of the Prime Minister.

He said that Railways is also taking necessary steps to augment the existing infra besides also connecting Jammu and Kashmir State with rest of the country through railway. 

He said that a separate plan for Jammu and Kashmir Railway sector is in offing and action plan would be formulated soon.

The Minister said that the railways would be soon providing marketing facilities to handicrafts being produced by various self help groups and artisans of the State so that the sector which is one of the main pillars of the State economy gets boost. 

He said that the world famous food items would also be given requisite boost by ensuring their easy transportation and related services.    

“The State being one of the most thronged tourist destinations would be provided with special tourist trains besides keeping in view the scope of religious pilgrimage new trains would also be introduced which would be connecting Jammu-Haridwar and other places in order to cater to the huge rush of tourists and pilgrims to this part of the country”, the Minister added and maintained that a satellite railway terminal would soon be constructed besides the ROBs to be constructed would be fully funded by the Centre  as a special provision to the State.     

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, while speaking on the occasion, appreciated the recent initiatives of the Centre for ensuring speedy development of the State. He said that the Centre has been quite liberal in extending support to the State by way of several schemes in different sectors.

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