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Which part of the world is this train heading to?

Watch a video of the train to Srinagar: https://timesofabetterindia.com/videos/the-baramulla-banihal-train-ride-in-kashmir-an-engineering-marvel

The train line to Srinagar is part of the Baramulla-Banihal train line – beyond being an engineering marvel it is also a strategically vital link connecting the Kashmir Valley with the rest of India. Construction of the route faced natural challenges including major earthquake zones, extreme temperatures and inhospitable terrain. The project has had a long and chequered history, and serious progress was made only after it was declared a National Project of India in 2002. Although its scheduled completion date was 15 August 2007, unforeseen complications have pushed back the date several times. The extension of railway line up to Kupwara is also approved.

The project is part of the larger effort to create the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla railway line in Jammu and Kashmir – this is expected to be an economic game-changer for the people of the region and the entire project is expected to be completed by December 2023. The challenges are numerous with all the construction taking place in the Himalayas, which are young fold mountains, falling in seismically the highly active zones IV &V. The railways are also building almost 200 kms of approach roads in the hills. Together with the railway line, this network will connect hitherto almost inaccessible villages.

Winners of Big Picture Contest

Lakshmi Rema
Vellore
Ajay Kumar
Patna
Subhasish Bhaumik
Kolkata
Happytimes User
Ahmedabad
Saraswathy
Chennai
Lavish Patni
Indore
Sanjay Aneja
Gurugram
Happytimes User
Ghaziabad
Kartik Grover
Ghaziabad
Sumit Dogra Dogra
Delhi
Kartik Aggarwal
New Delhi
Sudhirbabu B
Navi Mumbai
Krish Ramanathan
Coimbatore
Shailendra Yadav
Bilaspur Chhattisgarh
Amit Kumar Rai
Chandigarh
Merlin Thomas
Pune
Happytimes User
Delhi
Gopal Singh
Jaipur
Aaaa Bbbb
Mumbai
Guest
Kolkata
Biju Chacko
Bangalore
Partha Chakraborty
Kolkata
Happytimes User
Jaipur
Shashi Mehrotra
Lucknow
Happytimes User
Kolkata
Varunteja
Visakhapatnam
Ma P
Thane
Happytimes User
Delhi
Upasthit Tiwari
Gorakhpur
Vaibhav Prabhudesai
Vasai

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