September 2021 News

Rail Link To Kashmir Will Open Before 2024: Railway Minister

13 September 2021

Srinagar: Stating that it is the government's mission to reach 'every last person in line', Union Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw on Monday said that the Rail link to Kashmir will open before 2024.'The rail link with Kashmir would be open to the public before 2024,' the Minister assured while speaking with railway officials during his visit to Jammu Tawi Railway Station.Sharing the Prime Minister's dream of Digital India, Mr Vaishnaw said that the government has achieved a number of landmarks for its fulfillment over the past seven years.He said that systematic surveys are being undertaken to link the remotest regions of the country through mobile and internet connectivity. 'Universal internet access' is the goal set by the Prime Minister, he added.The Minister's visit is part of the public outreach initiative of the Union Government for Jammu and Kashmir.Regarding Jammu-Poonch railway link, the minister assured that work on the same has been expedited and would be completed after addressing viability issues of the area.Mr Vaishnaw visited Jammu Railway Station and also to a Community Service Centre, CSC, in the Janipur area and took stock of the facilities being provided to the public.The officers from Jammu and Kashmir e-Governance Agency (JaKeGA) briefed the Union minister about the functioning of the department and its role in facilitating people with respect to government's facilities like Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, e-Shram and other e-governance facilities.Mr Vaishnaw stated that it is the government's mission to reach 'every last person in line'.He shed light on 'Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan' under which rural population is being given computer and internet literacy.The Minister also inspected Jammu Railway Station and studied the upgradation plan for Jammu and Kathua railway stations.He assured that appropriate steps would be taken to facilitate pilgrims and tourists reaching Jammu and beyond through railways.