Mehbooba pitches for early completion of Banihal-Katra track

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhu jointly inaugurated the five halt points on the Baramulla-Banihal Railway track here today.
These five halt stations were announced by the Railway Ministry recently on the insistence of the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti. These halt points are at Razwan (Sanoor Kalipora) and Naidgam in Budgam district, Ratnipora in Pulwama district, Monghaal in Anantnag district and Sangdan in Kulgam district.
The Chief Minister had taken up setting of these halt points at these places with the Railway Minister to facilitate easy movement of people in these areas.
Addressing a gathering after the inauguration, the Chief Minister thanked the Railway Minister for acceding to her request to set up these halt points for the convenience of commuters. She said it was a long pending demand of the people of these areas which has been fulfilled today. She said these spots won’t just be halt points for the trains but would give boost to the economic activities in these areas.
Terming Railways as partners in promoting tourism and handicrafts of the State, Mehbooba Mufti strongly pitched for early completion of Katra-Banihal track on the Baramulla-Jammu railway line so that the Kashmir Valley gets a dedicated connectivity link round the clock. This, she said, would not only connect the areas but also remove the psychological barriers between the regions and their people.
The Chief Minister demanded setting up another halt point at Naina-Batapora in Pulwama district so that a large number of people living in the catchment areas get the opportunity and benefits of using services of Railways. She also asked for inclusion of Kashmiri cuisine into the Railway menu and promotion of art and craft of the State through its network of Stations and customer portals.
In his remarks, Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhu said his Ministry is committed to the people of the State by way of promoting and linking its tourism, cuisine and handicrafts to the mainstream market and customer portal of the country.
He thanked the State Government for extending all help in laying down of Railway infrastructure in the State.