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Jammu-Udhampur rail line boon for businessmen, tourists

The 53 km railway track between Jammu and Udhampur has come as a boon for tourists and local businessmen alike. Using the latest technology, the railway line has been laid with 20 tunnels and 158 bridges. It has the longest tunnel of about 2.5 km in length. The Gambhir bridge is another example of the engineering feat, which is 77 metre high.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 15, 2015 20:25 IST
HT Correspondent

The 53 km railway track between Jammu and Udhampur has come as a boon for tourists and local businessmen alike.


Using the latest technology, the railway line has been laid with 20 tunnels and 158 bridges. It has the longest tunnel of about 2.5 km in length. The Gambhir bridge is another example of the engineering feat, which is 77 metre high.

"The railway line passing though the hilly stations like Bajalta, Sangar, Manwal and Ramnagar Road touches the hearts of the locals," said Meenakshi of Adarash Colony.

She added that the rail link had boosted the business activities and saved the time of businessmen travelling to Jammu and other places of the country.

This rail link between Jammu and Udhampur has made the pilgrimage easy for those who cannot make it due to the arduous bus journey from Jammu in the past.

"I travelled from Udhampur to Jammu everyday by road before the track was laid. But it was a dangerous drive due to the hilly terrain of the area. For last three years, I only travel by train," says Sanjay Kumar Gupta, a local businessman.

The track has come as a blessing for students and government employees too. "Most of the educational institutes are located in Jammu and before the track was laid, it was difficult for students to commute between Udhampur and Jammu. Now, however, many of us who live in Udhampur, travel to different colleges in Jammu every day," says Raghav Sharma, a student.