Vande Bharat Train Adds Stops In Udhampur And Kathua For Enhanced Connectivity

Explore a new chapter of connectivity, progress, and safety in India's railway landscape.

by Mallika Khurana
Vande Bharat Train Adds Stops In Udhampur And Kathua For Enhanced Connectivity

Amidst the hum of progress, India’s railway landscape undergoes a transformative surge, heralding a new chapter in connectivity. The announcement made by Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh illuminates the much-awaited inclusion of Udhampur and Kathua stops in the Vande Bharat express route from Katra to Delhi. This decision, greeted with enthusiasm and gratitude, emerges as a response to persistent appeals since the train’s maiden journey in 2019. Singh, in his post, expressed gratitude to PM Narendra Modi for heeding the call of the hour.

Vande Bharat’s Extended Route Ready

The expansion of the Vande Bharat route not only brings respite but also promises a ripple effect of convenience, bolstering travel, commerce, and the overall quality of life for those along its path. As per the reports from Live Mint, this stride in connectivity finds reinforcement in the recent completion of Tunnel T-1. It is a monumental feat in the Udhampur-Baramulla Rail Link project. Spanning a challenging terrain of 111 kilometres, this stretch encountered hurdles that summoned global expertise, especially Tunnel T-1. It was previously deemed the most arduous due to its traversal through the Himalayan Main Boundary Thrust.

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Tunnel T-1 Success In Udhampur-Baramulla Link

Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons

The successful culmination of Tunnel T-1, standing at 3,209 metres between Katra and Reasi Stations, marks not just a physical passage but a symbol of perseverance against geological odds. This engineering marvel, overseen by Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. under the National Projects initiative, embodies the triumph of human ingenuity over formidable natural forces.

In tandem with this leap in infrastructure, the railway’s focus on passenger safety echoes loudly. The Central Railway’s decision to install panic switches across 117 stations attests to an unwavering commitment to safeguarding travellers. With two panic switches per platform, this proactive measure ensures a swift response mechanism, empowering passengers to summon aid in times of crisis and further fortifying the railway’s safety protocols.

According to Live Mint, the partnership between the Central Railway and RailTel for these installations is coupled with the promise of immediate assistance triggered by the panic button. It underscores a synchronised effort to prioritise passenger safety. This initiative is a testament to the railway’s stance in ensuring a secure and responsive environment across its expansive network.

Cover Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

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