Prime Minister Narendra D Modi would inaugurate the 25-km long Udhampur-Katra railway project in the third week of June. The Rs.1,000-crore project would be the first major project, which the new Prime Minister would inaugurate in Jammu and Kashmir.
The project was originally planned to be inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on February 2 of this year. But with the Commissioner Railways Safety pointing out some problems in alignment of 154m steel girder over river Jhajjar and T-1 tunnel, the inauguration of the project has been postponed.
According to sources, the Udhampur-Katra railway track has missed several deadlines, the latest one being February 2. Udhampur-Katra section is 25-km long and involves about 11 km of tunneling, nine major bridges and 29 minor bridges. The tallest bridge on Udhampur-Katra section is 85m high (Bridge No. 20) and the longest tunnel is 3.15 km.