Pawan Kumar Bansal, the union railways minister while presenting the railway budget 2013-14 said that the new lines of Qazigund- Banihal railway link should be completed by this year.
Bansal also informed that the railway ministry is launching a multi-modal travel package with cooperation of state government of Jammu & Kashmir which will enable passengers to travel from Jammu through Udhampur, Qazigund to Srinagar and Baramulla on a common rail-bus ticket.
The minister in his first railways budget speech applause his department for the railways working in Jammu and Kashmir. “My thought goes to a particularly severe cold spell during the recent winter, when it was snowing heavily in Kashmir valley, and suspension of road and air services had brought life to a grinding halt. Photographs in Newspapers showing a train covered with snow emerging from a similar white background, carrying passengers travelling over the recently commissioned Qazigund – Baramulla section instilled in me a sense of immense pride”.