The next time you head to Kashmir, a visual treat shall await you. Kashmir will get its first electric train on the Banihal-Baramulla corridor rail link, on October 2. Here’s all that we know. By Anushka Goel
Kashmir is called the Paradise on Earth, and rightfully so. The snow-capped mountains, its many gardens and Dal Lake among other things paint a picture so beautiful that it gets imprinted on your mind forever. Now, there’s a whole new way for you to explore the scenic sights that you get there. Kashmir is all set to get an electric train, its first, on October 2. The train will start running on the 137-kilometre-long Banihal-Baramulla corridor, on the Jammu and Kashmir rail link, reports state.
Kashmir to get its first electric train
According to the Indian Railways officials, work on the project has been on since 2019, writes Zee News. The mandatory principal chief electrical engineer (PCEE) inspection was done on September 26, and on Sunday, October 2, the train is set to start carrying passengers between the two tracks.
Talking about the train, Chief Area Manager Kashmir Northern Railways Saqib Yousuf told New Indian Express, “It is being decided how many services daily would be conducted by the electric train on the J&K rail sector.” The railway project, which cost INR 324 crores, is expected to help reduce air pollution in the region, which is caused due to conventional trains. This is because the engines of these trains are more efficient, and they also save on the transportation cost (and carbon footprint) of transporting the fuel from one place to another, saving money as well. Further, the amount of fuel used to run a train will also be reduced as these trains will use electric power for the same.
Talking about running the train when it comes to winters and the heavy snowfall Kashmir experiences, Saqib stated that an uninterrupted power supply would be supplied to the train, and it’ll have dedicated feeders for the same.
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