Jammu, June 12 – Photo taken yesterday shows an Indian railway employee walking at the railway track before the trial run of Udhampur-Katra train, about 45 km from Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India.
The long awaited train service to Katra, the base camp of famous Vaishno Devi shrine, in Jammu and Kashmir has 29 minor bridges, 9 major bridges including 85 meter high and 154 meter single span steel girdle-bridge, first of its kind in India.
Katra town is the base camp for pilgrims to Vaishno Devi shrine, one of the holiest shrines for Hindus in India.
More than ten million devotees pay obeisance every year at the shrine. Currently it is only linked by roadways. With the inauguration of Udhampur-Katra rail link, pilgrims will be able to travel directly to Katra giving a boost to local economy and providing comfortable transport facility to visiting pilgrims.