PM likely to flag off train on Jammu-Udhampur track
26 September 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is likely to flag-off much awaited passenger train on Jammu-Udhampur Railway Track during his visit to the State next month. Highly placed sources in the Northern Railways told the EXCELSIOR that the Prime Minister would finally accord green signal to the passenger train to chug on Jammu-Udhampur Railway Track which continued to remain a dream for the people of this State. 'Had the Prime Ministerís scheduled visit to this State in the second week of September not been postponed due to Model Code of Conduct in view of the by-elections to four Assembly constituencies, the train would have started chugging on this track ', the sources said. They further said that even the Prime Ministerís Office while announcing the postponement of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir had indicated that Dr Manmohan Singh during his first visit to the State as Prime Minister would make certain important announcements and start of passenger train on Jammu-Udhampur track is likely to be part of that announcements. 'Everything is in place to start the much-awaited passenger train on this track and the only hitch is green-signal from the Central Government and Railways Ministry', the sources said and disclosed that Railways Protection Force (RPF) and Crime and Railways Police of State had several meetings so far to finalise the security apparatus for this track, which is being considered as vulnerable. Meanwhile, the sources disclosed that Inspector General of Crime and Railways Police A R Khan had personally visited the whole track to assess the terrain before finalising the deployment of personnel for its guarding. 'The proposal of the three-tier security of the Crime and Railways Police has also been endorsed by the Director General of Police Gopal Sharma and submitted to the State Government for final approval', the sources said. The IG has so far held several meetings with the Railways Protection Force (RPF) officers particularly those camping at Udhampur and Jammu Railway Stations. 'Till the fulfillment of requirement of 1065 personnel to completely guard the track and police stations and posts enroute, the Crime and Railways Police has demanded three companies of the Armed Police for the job', the sources disclosed and said that arrival of RPF personnel has already begun. 'For the vigil in the hinterland necessary instructions have already been passed to District Police in whose jurisdiction the in- depth areas fall, to constitute Village Defence Committees (VDCs) immediately', the sources said.