Kashmir to get two new passenger trains tomorrow

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Srinagar: Kashmir Valley is all set to get two more passenger trains from Northern Railways, which will have limited stops between Baramulla and Banihal.
With the addition of two more trains, the Northern railways train services will now reach to 26 in a day.
The new trains will be flagged off by the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti in Anantnag Railway station tomorrow.
Chief public relation officer (CPRO), Northern Railways, Neeraj Sharma told KNS that the two passenger trains will be flagged off by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in southern Anantnag district in the afternoon.
“New six days a week DEMU train no 74617/74618 between Budgam – Baramula & 74619/74620 fast DEMU train between Banihal – Baramula will be introduced on Thursday,” Sharma said.
He said that the trains will be 8-coaches with the same speed that are already running on the track but will have limited stops.
“Four more service will get added with these two more trains, with two services to ferry passengers from Banihal to Budgam and another two from Budgam to Baramulla,” Sharma told KNS over phone.
Sharma said that the introduction of these two trains will reduce the travel time and also the rush of passengers during peak hours.
He said that the chief minister will undertake the train journey up to Baramulla herself in the new service. Besides Mehbooba, Dy CM Nirmal Singh, MP Muzaffar Baig, R&B minister Abdul Rehman Veeri, PDP general secretary Sartaj Madni will attend the function.
Sharma said that a parallel function will be held in Railway Board in New Delhi where Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabu will flag off the trains through video conferencing. Besides union minister Dr Jitendra Singh, all the MPs from Jammu and Kashmir, except Baig, will be present.
Out of the 17 stations between Banihal and Baramulla, the trains will halt at Banihal, Qazigund, Anantnag, Srinagar, Budgam, Mazhom, Pattan, Hamre, Sopore and Baramulla, he said.
With the introduction of these trains time table of other trains will change with effect from May 6 (Friday), which will be announced on Thursday. (KNS)

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