PM to inaugurate first train in Srinagar, Baglihar project in Jammu

It will be a dream come true for the people of the Kashmir valley
when Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will flag off first train here
on Saturday.

Even though connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the
country through train remains a distant dream, the people in the
valley look forward to see a train running through their fields.

Official sources said Dr Singh will arrive here on Saturday from
Jammu, where he is scheduled to inaugurate the 450 MW Baglihar
hydroelectric project in Doda region on Friday. The DMU (diesel
multiple unit) train will connect the Srinagar with the central
Kashmir. Though a small distance, it will, not only fulfill the
decades-old dream of the people to see a train in their life time
running on Kashmir soil, but will generate a new hope that Kashmir
will be connected with the rest of the country one day.

However, the commercial use of the train will take some time to

They said, immediately after Dr Singh’s arrival here from Jammu, he
will be briefted about the ongoing work on the railway project.

Dr Singh will flag off the train from Srinagar station at Nowgam,
about ten km from here to Badgam on Saturday. As a symbolic gesture,
Dr Singh will board the train from Nowgam station, which is being
considered most modern in the country.

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

Sources said work was going on-a war footing on Qazigund to Srinagar
and Srinagar and Baramulla tracks to connect south Kashmir with the

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