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Railways official denies migration of officials from Kashmir

india Updated: Nov 19, 2010 20:29 IST

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A senior railways official today said its employees have not migrated from Kashmir but operations remained suspended due to unrest in the Valley resulting in losses to the tune of Rs 8.61 crore to the public sector behemoth in the state.

"We deny that there was migration of railway officials from the Kashmir Valley. But due to unrest the work remained suspended. As a result they had gone to their native places but have now resumed their duties", Northern Railways General Manager S K Budhalakoti told reporters here today.

Due to unrest in the Valley forcing shutdown of work, the Railways has suffered losses of Rs 8.61 crore, he said.

Referring to the prestigious Kashmir Rail Project, the GM said the work of Qazigund-Budgam railway track is going on in full swing and would be completed in a month from now.

Replying to the question on 25-Kms Udhampur-Katra rail track, he said "trains to Katra will also reach by March 2012".

To a question that 25 kms Katra-Udhampur Rail Line, on which work started in 2003 is yet to completed, he said shortcomings if any are being taken care of by the engineers.

Union Minister of State (MoS) Railways, KH Muniyappa during a press meet here on April 16, this year had said the Katra-Udhampur track would be completed by December 2012.

The Northern Railway is constructing a 25-km Udhampur-Katra railway track that will have a 3.5-km tunnel, nine major bridges and 29 minor bridges. The section will have the tallest bridge with 90 m pier height and two spans of 154 m each.