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longest rail tunnel in Kashmir to provide a key link between the Kashmir Valley
and Jammu region inaugurated by PM on 26/06/0213. The
18-km-long Banihal-Qazigund rail link, which includes the country’s longest
transportation tunnel – over 11-km long – through the Pir Panjal range, was executed
by Ircon at a cost of Rs 1,672 crore.
rail bridge between Udhampur and Banihal -- the train runs through the Pir
Panjal mountain range -- is the highest in the world. An engineering
marvel that took seven years to come up in a mountainous region. The tunnel has been
constructed using New Austrian Tunnelling Method, which has been used for the
first time on such a large scale in India
train also narrows the link gap between the 64,000-km rail network spread
across the country and the 135-km network in the Kashmir Valley, which is yet
to be connected with the vast Indian Railway network.