Early Times Report
jammu, Jan 11: The most ambitious project of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway line is likely to be delayed due to pending of Revenue and Forest cases which have become stumbling block in its timely completion thereby the project is getting extension one after another.
Sources told Early Times that the deadline for the completion of project was fixed in 2018 which was looking impossible for the executing agencies due to pendency of all land acquisition cases with Revenue and Forest department and the local hindrances, Court cases etc and the project got hampered due to which the another deadline was extended up to 2019 which also seemed to meet with and then again it was fixed 2021.
"Though there are many challenges to work in this difficult terrain, it is expected that Katra -Banihal section of the project will be completed by March 2021 that too subject to completion of all land acquisition cases timely," they informed. They further informed that out of 326 km length from Jammu to Baramulla, 215 Kms have been completed and commissioned (i.e. 66%). Udhampur-Baramulla section i.e. USBRL Project (272 Km) is being executed as a National Project.
They further revealed that out of 272 KM from Udhampur to Ba
amulla, 161 Km has been completed and commissioned which includes section between Baramulla to Banihal ( 136 Km) and Udhampur to Katra (25 Km). "The balance length of 111km from Katra to Banihal is in progress. This section predominantly involves tunneling (97 km) in addition to construction of Mega Bridges on Chenab river and Anji Khad (Total Bridges -37). All the tenders for major works have been awarded and construction work is in full swing, 42 km out of 97 km Tunnelling and 10 bridges out of 37 have been completed. In addition, 186 Km access road out of 209 km has also been completed. The overall progress of Katra-Banihal section is 44% (Approx)," they said.
Pending revenue and forest cases is likely to delay the Udhampur-Srinagar rail project. The project is now expected to complete in 2021.
They said that the sanctioned cost of USBRL project was Rs. 19565 Crores (Year 2010), the cumulative expenditure incurred till Dec '2016 is Rs. 14690 Crore and Expenditure during the current year up to Dec 2016 is 1200 crores. Pertinently, with a view to provide an alternative and a reliable transportation system to Jammu & Kashmir, Government of India planned a 326 Km long Railway Line joining the Kashmir valley with the Indian Railways network. Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway line is the toughest project being constructed in mountainous terrain post- independence.