Railways will be given more than a year to finish the work on the narrow gauge section of the National Railway of India’s (NRI’s) narrow gauge Railway Board (BR) that was inaugurated on July 8.BR, the nation’s largest passenger rail operator, has been given an additional year to finalise work on a section of track that connects the city of Jammu and Kashmir to its neighbouring state of Jharkhand, which has a population of around 20 million.
The BR has also been given a new railway yard in Jammu, where the rail network was first inaugurated in 2011.
BR had already been granted a two-year extension to complete work on this section of its track.
Railway Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that BR will be completed in 2021.
“The new yard has been constructed at the Jammu International Airport in Jhansi and is being constructed on the existing track,” Naidusaidu told reporters.
“In the meantime, we have been asked to start work on work for widening the track to connect the city to the rest of the state,” he said.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday announced the completion of the BR trackwork.
“We will be completing the trackwork in the next two years, the construction of the new track will be done in 2021,” he told reporters at the Prime Minister’s office.
“I am confident that this project will be fully completed in 2023,” he added.