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Rail project gets shot in the arm

By Luv Puri

JAMMU, JUNE 22. The proposed railway link project to the Kashmir Valley has got a shot in the arm with volunteers from the villages lining up along the railway track offering to protect it from militants.

The first phase of the project — Jammu-Udhampur link — is expected to start anytime now and apprehensions about the security of the proposed line, which passes through dense forests, have been allayed by seven Village Defence Committees (VDCs) constituted by the people of Darsoo, Kahtheel, Lower Gudhar and Darsoo Moa Nullah.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police and the paramilitary forces, who are to guard the entire stretch, now have the support from the VDCs. Vijay Singh Sambyal, SSP, Udhampur, said the members of the committees were being taught how to handle rifles.

Many a major sabotage had been averted on the Jammu-Pathankot railway line by VDCs. A major tragedy near Samba town was averted in August 2001 when the volunteers tipped off the Army about militants' bid to plant improvised explosive devices on the track.

The first-ever train to the valley was planned in June 1898, exactly 106 years ago, by the erstwhile monarch,

Maharaja Pratap Singh, who engaged a British company to survey the area. The project never took off due to technical reasons.

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