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Kashmir to get connected to the rest of the country via trains by next year

Travelling to Jammu and Kashmir will become easier and hassle-free from next year. If reports are to go by, Kashmir valley will get connected via trains with the rest of India as all bottlenecks at the railway tracks would be removed.

Meanwhile, the Railways recently finished a major chunk of work in the Ramban sector of Jammu region, which is on the longest rail tunnel in the country. An official in the know-how stated that the major portion of the work on the rail tunnel in the entire Udhampur-Baramulla-Srinagar Rail (UBSR) Link in Jammu and Kashmir, has been completed.
The official further added that it was very difficult to complete work on this tunnel as it surpasses the Pir-Panjal Tunnel in length, and the work has been very challenging so far.
Reportedly, this cost-effective and all-weather connectivity option will likely provide a boost to the economy of Jammu and Kashmir, apart from boosting several industries and generating employment options too.

Sustainable connectivity to this region is crucial for national security and socio-economic development of the region. However, despite vast resources, Kashmir has lagged behind in terms of development because of the lack of railway connectivity. Now, after much effort and facing all the challenges, establishing rail connectivity to the region with the rest of the country will help boost tourism and other industries in the region. (Source TOI)

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