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PM to flag off first train in Kashmir

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will flag off the first train connecting central Kashmir with Srinagar during his two-day long visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2008 10:23 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will flag off the first train connecting central Kashmir with Srinagar during his two-day long visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Official sources said the Prime Minister will flag off the first train from Budgam to Nowgam (the station for Srinagar) on Saturday.

Though it is a short distance between the two stations, it will be for the first time that Kashmiris will see a train running in the valley.

The commercial use of the train will take some time to start, the sources said.

The Srinagar railway station is a stunning three-storeyed building which has beautifully carved wooden panelling and chandeliers and is surrounded by landscaped gardens.

During the function, the Prime Minister will be addressing people and was also likely to make some announcements regarding the Indo-Pak ties.

His visit coincides with the visit of a business delegation from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, who will be in the state from tomorrow for a week to tie up with businessmen from Kashmir as well as in Jammu.

The Prime Minister, who will be arriving at Udhampur on Friday, will first inaugurate the 450 MW Baglihar hydroelectric project in Doda region.

This will be second power project to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister in Jammu and Kashmir. In April this year, he inaugurated the Dul Hasti power project constructed by the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC).