PM Modi opens Katra-Udhampur rail link
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 25 km-long Katra-Udhampur railway line in Jammu. The rail link will connect the base camp town of Katra directly with the rest of the country and facilitate millions of devotees who visit the Vaishno Devi shrine every year.
On the other hand, with China is now preparing to spread out its railway into PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir), and occasional clashes along Indo-China border, Modi desires that the Ministries of Railways, Finance, Home and Defence to work together closely and get the strategic Indian Rail projects off ground as soon as possible. In the interest of country’s security, the National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Kumar Doval is pushing for building infrastructure and increasing connectivity with the far flung regions of the country, especially in the North East.
Chinese mainland-Lhasa railways had by now stretched to the Indian borders with grave tactical and military consequences. Expanding the infrasrtucture of Indian Railways to the Arunachal Pradesh border will augment nations’s combat competence and prove decisive in transporting hardware for military offensive.