Kashmir Recently, the first electric was installed on Banihal-Baramulla corridor. It replaced the diesel engine run train.
Officials with the know-how claimed that the environmentally-friendly electric train will soon be in operation on the 137km-long Banihal-Baramulla corridor. Last month, the railway authorities conducted a trial run of the train between Banihal in Jammu and north Kashmir’s Baramulla districts.According to reports, the total cost of the electric rail link project isINR 324 crores.
Abid Amin Shah (Additional General Manager, IRCON), revealed more. He said that while the Budgam Baramulla rail link trials were completed earlier in the year, trials were made for the Budgam Bihal section on September 24, 25, and 26.
He added that the safety inspection and security inspection were carried out by Northern Railways’ principal chief electrician. He stated that the inspection took three days before the train was declared safe and sound. He added that these trains are also cost-effective and will likely reduce operational costs by more than 60 percent.
Qazigund-Banihal’s railway tunnel is now the longest electrified tunnel in the country. The tunnel measures 11.215 km in length and is located in Qazigund, in the Pir Panjal Himalayan range.
There are currently 19 trains in operation, and seven trains run regularly on the Baramulla Banihal sector of J&K. In 2013, the first train service to Kashmir was launched by Manmohan Singh, then Prime Minister.
Further, reports state that the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway (USBRL) railway tracks are also being laid to connect Kashmir with the rest of the country.