Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) additional CEO Dr MK Bhandari has stressed on sprucing up the infrastructure as the train service to Katra will start soon.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here on Thursday, additional CEO said: "When train reaches Katra, its impact will be felt on the base camp Katra. It will become all the more important to manage traffic better and make it more secure and developed".
The work on the 25-km-long Uddhampur-Katra rail link is almost complete and the railways will hand it over to the railway safety, commissioner, for approval to run trains up to Katra.
Last week, a team of railway officials after inspecting the track had indicated that in couple of months trains to Katra might start plying.
Katra station is ready with three platforms and two more platforms were proposed to be constructed later. With the commissioning of the new route, pilgrims will be able to reach the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine at Katra without having to break their journey at Jammu.
The Udhampur-Katra rail route, coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 960 crore, passes through inhospitable terrain, making it an extremely challenging engineering project.
The route consists of seven tunnels and 30 small and big bridges, including a 185-feet high tunnel. A total of seven tunnels span over 10 km of the 25-km stretch.