Banihal/Jammu, Jan 22 (PTI) A portion of the main tunnel on the 111-km under-construction Banihal-Katra railway link in Jammu and Kashmir was completed on Saturday, an official said.
Tunnel T-49B is 12.6 km long and the longest tunnel of Indian Railways. It is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Line (USBRL) project.
The portion that was completed on Saturday is between Kundan Adit and Arpinchala in Khari Tehsil, the company undertaking the project construction said.
Being constructed with New Austrian Tunneling Method in Ramban district, the tunnel on completion would have double tracks, the official said.
He said the tunneling was done with utmost care considering geological challenges.
On December 5 last year, another tunnel in Bankot area near Banihal was connected after a breakthrough, while the work on the pylon of India’s first cable stayed railway bridge at Anji Khad in Reasi district was completed on January 4 brightening the chances of train connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country within the next couple of years.
Of the 272-km USBRL project, the work on 161 km was commissioned in phases. The first phase of 118-km Qazigund-Baramulla section was commissioned in October 2009, followed by the 18-km Banihal-Qazigund in June 2013 and the 25-km Udhampur-Katra in July 2014.
The under-construction 111-km Katra-Banihal section has a total of 37 bridges — 26 major ones and 11 minor ones — and 35 tunnels. PTI CORR TAS SMN SMN
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