Northern Railway’s GM, Shri Shobhan Chaudhuri inspects progress of the USBRL project

In a recent development, Shri Shobhan Chaudhuri, General Manager of Northern Railway has conducted a detailed inspection of the prestigious national project of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla new BG rail link project. The inspection was accompanied by Chief Administrative Officer/USBRL and other senior officers of Northern Railways and KRCL.

More Details:

The General Manager, Shri Shobhan Chaudhuri started his inspection from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra station yard by motor trolley up to Chenab Bridge. He inspected Tunnel no 33, Tunnel no 34, Anji Bridge, tunnel no 35, Reasi Yard, Tunnel no 36 and Chenab Bridge. Balance activities for completing work of Tunnel T-33 was thoroughly discussed with engineers of Northern Railway and KRCL.

He expressed satisfaction at the pace of progress but impressed upon the project authorities to closely monitor all the activities and augment resources to expedite the work, at the same time observing all the safety precautions while proceeding the tunnel mining work passing through geologically weak strata.

Key Challenges:

  • It is pertinent to mention that this 3.2 Km long tunnel is passing through main boundary thrust and a lot of challenges have been encountered in its construction, however now it is nearing completion. This tunnel near Katra is critical for commissioning of the entire project.
  • He also inspected the bridge instrumentation provided at Bridge no 220 in Reasi Yard and Bridge no 224 in Bakkal Yard.
  • At Chenab Bridge the sites of proposed museum construction at Kauri were inspected. He advised the agencies to maintain the steady pace of work and strictly adhere to the targets.

Conducted Meeting to Discuss Important Points:

  • Followed by site inspection a review meeting was held to discuss block section wise detailed status of works with KRCL.
  • During the review meeting it was emphasised by the General Manager that targets must not slip any further and any shortfall occurring should be made up by diligent planning.
  • This project is widely acknowledged as one of the most challenging railway line endeavours in the Indian subcontinent, traversing through the young Himalayas fraught with geological complexities.

The 2nd Day of the Inspection:

  • The GM has continued his inspection of the prestigious national project of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla new BG rail link project, he continued intensive inspection from Chenab bridge up to Sangaldan station by Motor Trolley.

  • He inspected all track works, E&M and Signal & Telecom works in the Bakkal- Dugga- Sawalakote- Sangaldan section.
  • Balance activities for completing the work of Sawalakote Yard, Tunnels T-42 & 43 were thoroughly discussed with engineers of Northern Railway, IRCON and KRCL.
  • He directed the project authorities to complete the work up to Reasi beyond Sangaldan (46 KM) by June 2024.

Project Significance:

The Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link is recognized as one of the most challenging railway projects in the Indian subcontinent, traversing the geologically complex young Himalayas. This project holds significant national prestige and is expected to enhance connectivity and economic growth in the region.

Source: Northern Railway | Images Credit: Northern Railway

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