A rail line connecting Jammu with Kashmir through a 11-km tunnel under the mighty Pir Panjal mountain ranges would be completed by 2017-18, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
The 25-km rail line connecting Udhampur and Katra and Qazigund and Banihal is expected to be complete in the current financial year, minister of state for Railways Bharatsinh Solanki said.
The 129-km Katra-Banihal section is targeted to be completed by 2017-18, Solanki said replying to the question put by Saifuddin Soz (Cong).
The minister said work on the Udhampur-Katra section has been delayed due to problem of squeezing and swelling faced in tunnel T-1 and problem of excessive seepage faced in tunnel T-3.
He said remedial solution has been found and work on the section was now 95 % complete.
Solanki said work on the Katra-Qazigund section (148 km) remained suspended for more than a year after geological problems were faced during construction.
An expert committee was appointed to examine various issues involved, including an alternative alignment, he said.
"As per the Committee's recommendations, work on this section has recommenced in September 2009," Solanki said.