Superfast Train Will Ease North-South Distance; Now 30 Services A Day

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Four New Trains were inaugurated on May 05, 2016 by CM Mehbooba Mufti at Islamabad. (KL Image by Special arrangement)
CM Mehbooba Mufti and MP Muzaffar Hussian Baig aboard one of the four new trains which were inaugurated on May 05, 2016 at Islamabad. (KL Image by Special arrangement)

With the introduction of four super-fast trains between Baramulla and Banihal, the travel time is expected to be nosedive phenomenally. Now, Srinagar is barely 35 minutes away from Islamabad and Baramulla. The train, however, would require close to two hours in chugging the entire operational track.

Four superfast trains were formally launched on Thursday by Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti. “These trains were supposed to start in January but God had other plans,” Ms Mufti said. A simultaneous function was going on in Railway Bhawan in Delhi. “This will ease the traffic mess on the highway and help employees and students especially.”

Four New Trains were inaugurated on May 05, 2016 by CM Mehbooba Mufti at Islamabad. (KL Image: Shah Hilal)
School children greeted CM Mehbooba Mufti at Islamabad on the occassion of inauguration of four new trains. (KL Image: Shah Hilal)

Ms Mufti later boarded the train that had scores of students from various state run schools on its inaugural service. She interacted with them and sung with Hum Houngay Kamyab Eak Din.

Flanked by Muzaffar Hussain Beig and many other ministers, Ms Mufti went to Baramulla and then returned to Srinagar.

CM Ms Mehbooba Mufti interacted with school children after she inaugurated four new trains at Islamabad. (KL Image: Shah Hilal)
CM Ms Mehbooba Mufti interacted with school children after she inaugurated four new trains at Islamabad. (KL Image: Shah Hilal)

Unlike routine 26 trains that ply between Banihal and Baramulla, the four superfast trains, however, will have limited stops. They would briefly halt at Qazigund, Islamabad, Srinagar, Budgam, Mazhama and Sopore besides the two main stations at Banihal and Baramulla.

Ms Mufti said she is aware of the demands that it should have more stations and will be talking to respective authorities. Interestingly, the super-train skips Pulwama district and her home town Bijbehara.

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