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Work likely to resume on Kashmir rail link project

PTI  New Delhi, August 28, 2009
First Published: 20:01 IST(28/8/2009) | Last Updated: 20:09 IST(28/8/2009)

A year after the suspension of construction activity on the Katra-Qazigund section of the Kashmir rail link project, work in the difficult terrain is likely to resume soon with the Railway Ministry giving its nod.


"Ministry has accepted the report of the expert committee which has recommended re-commencement of the work in the Katra-Qazigund section which include the construction of the tallest bridge on the Chenab river," said a senior Railway Ministry officer involved with the project.

Work was suspended on the 114-km stretch in the section as the proposed alignment was found to be too problematic. Construction of Chenab rail bridge was also in jeopardy with the suspension of the work.

The seven-member expert committee headed by former Railway Board Chairman M Ravindra was constituted last December to suggest a possible new alignment in the section after the suspension of the work.

The committee submitted its report two months back after examining the problems in the area.

"The committee has suggested not to abandon the work carried out in the existing alignment. It has also suggested certain modifications in the alignment to continue the work further," said the official.

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