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No change in PM's scheduled visit to Kashmir

india Updated: Jun 11, 2013 19:01 IST

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's proposed visit to Kashmir later this month to inaugurate Pir panjal railway tunnel is unlikely to be postponed.

According to senior government officials, there is no change in the Prime Minister's two-day scheduled visit to Kashmir from June 25.

The official was reacting to news in local media stating the visit stood postponed. A few local newspapers had quoted state Congress President Prof Saifuddin Soz saying that the visit had been postponed by "some days."

Singh is scheduled to arrive in Kashmir on a two-day visit on June 25 to dedicate the 11-km tunnel in south Kashmir to people. The tunnel is part of the 345-km Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail project of Northern Railways.

Built at a cost of Rs 1,300 crore, the tunnel would connect Banihal in the Jammu division with Qazigund in the Kashmir division and shorten the distance between the two places by 17 km.

Speaking to the Hindustan Times, even Soz clarified that there might be a change in days. "A day here or there is what I meant,"' said Soz.

However government sources said the trip would either be in June or would have to happen after Amarnath yatra.

"As of now the dates stand. We can't risk the Prime Minister coming during the Amarnath yatra. If there is postponement it will be long," said the official.