Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, on 4 July 2014 dedicated 25 km-long Katra-Udhampur railway line of Jammu to the nation. He was on his first visit to the State after becoming the Prime Minister.
He inaugurated the first train from Katra railway station and named it as Shree Shakti Express. This train will facilitate pilgrims to visit Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine.
The train on its route will cross seven tunnels and over 30 small and large bridges. The route from Udhampur and Katra has a small station named Chakrakhwal. The complete project has been developed at an estimated cost of 1132.75 crore rupees. The railway station is situated on the foothills of the Trikuta Hills in Reasi district of the state. The Trikuta Hills nestle the holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.
While dedicating the Katra-Udhampur rail to the nation, the Prime Minister said that he will take ahead the plan of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for connecting Jammu and Kashmir through Railways. Vajpayee as a Prime Minister emphasized on development of the state to deal with all the sensitive issues in Kashmir.
When: 4 July 2014
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